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The Footsteps of VishnuA Historical Introduction to Hinduism$
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Ariel Glucklich

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314052

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314052.001.0001

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 The Second Rationality

 The Second Rationality

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(p.129) 8 The Second Rationality
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The Footsteps of Vishnu
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Ariel Glucklich (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314052.003.0009

This chapter sets aside the work of the intellectual and cultural elites. It identifies the cultural productivity of the lower classes of Hindu society, including women, low castes, magicians and sorcerers, medical practitioners, and others. Much of this material comes from texts like the Atharvaveda, Rig Vidhana, medical literature, and Tantra. The underlying assumption, that religious values are embedded within practical affairs, is carefully examined.

Keywords:   Atharvaveda, Ayurveda, Illness, Medicine, Rig Vidhana, Tantra, Vrata, Women's rituals

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