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Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199360079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.001.0001

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Why should a Brahmin tell you Whom to Marry?: A Deconstruction of the Laws of Manu 1

Why should a Brahmin tell you Whom to Marry?: A Deconstruction of the Laws of Manu 1

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(p.258) (p.259) Why should a Brahmin tell you Whom to Marry?: A Deconstruction of the Laws of Manu 1
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On Hinduism
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Wendy Doniger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0018

This chapter examines the religious law on marriage—and, more broadly, sexual activity—in ancient India. It considers how the authors of the religious texts justified their authority and the extent to which that authority was actually recognized and law actually enforced. It discusses The Laws of Manu, considered to be the most authoritative textbook of Hindu religious law or dharmashastra, and Manu’s attitude toward women. It also looks at the Brahmin’s authority over sex.

Keywords:   religious law, marriage, sexual activity, ancient India, The Laws of Manu, dharmashastra, women, Brahmin, authority, sex

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