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Celibacy and Religious Traditions$
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Carl Olson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306316

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.001.0001

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 Celibacy in Classical Hinduism

 Celibacy in Classical Hinduism

(p.151) 8 Celibacy in Classical Hinduism
Celibacy and Religious Traditions

Patrick Olivelle

Oxford University Press

The system of the stages of life for a Hindu played a crucial role in the development of celibacy in Indian culture, although there was a tension between the values of domestic life and ascetic values. The classical Hindu attitude toward celibacy affirmed that celibates attain immortality and acquire superhuman powers on earth.

Keywords:   stages of life, domestic, ascetic, immortality, power, celibates

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