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The Hindu HouseholderThe T.N. Madan Omnibus$
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T. N. Madan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198069409

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069409.001.0001

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Domesticity and Detachment

Domesticity and Detachment

(p.17B) 1 Domesticity and Detachment
The Hindu Householder

T. N. Madan

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an account of the Pandit ideology of the householder in which the purposes and procedures of the good life, lived in affirmation of the values of plenitude and detachment, are spelled out. The Pandits' ideology of the householder is, in fact, much more than just that: it is their ideology of humanity. While all sentient beings are born (and die), human beings are ‘made’ or constructed and achieve different degrees of perfection by their conduct. The greatest ambition of a male Pandit is to become a householder along with his own wife and children.

Keywords:   Pandits, identity, households, parenthood, good life, plenitude, detachment, ideology, householder

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