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Recent Studies on the Ancient Indian Vrātya
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5786-1421
2017 (English)In: Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies, ISSN 1084-7561, E-ISSN 1084-7561, Vol. 24, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The ”vrātya problem” has been discussed for more than a century. It is not clear who the vrātya is, as some Vedic passages describe him in a cryptic manner. That the vrātya continues to engage scholars is demonstrated by two recent publications, both with T. Pontillo as one of the editors: The Volatile World of Sovereignty: The Vrātya Problem and Kingship in South Asia (2015), and Vrātya Culture in Vedic Sources (2016). In this review article I look at the two volumes in context of previous reseach and discuss a handful of the contributions. I also refer to a number of vrātya-related articles published elsewhere.

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2017. Vol. 24, no 1
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vrātya, Vedic, Vedas, ancient India, religion, sacrifice, ritual, ascetic, warrior
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History of Religions
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History of Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-152749DOI: 10.11588/ejvs.2017.1.2316OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-152749DiVA, id: diva2:1180806
Available from: 2018-02-06 Created: 2018-02-06 Last updated: 2018-02-12Bibliographically approved

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