Laws of Manu

ISBN-10: 0140445404
ISBN-13: 9780140445404
Edition: 1991
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/7/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.10" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The Laws of Manu form a towering work of Hindu philosophy. Composed by many Brahmin priests, this is an extraordinary, encyclopaedic representation of human life in the world, and how it should be lived. Manu encompasses topics as wide-ranging as the social obligations and duties of the various castes, the proper way for a righteous king to rule and to punish transgressors, relations between men and women, birth, death, taxes, karma, rebirth and ritual practices. First translated into English in 1794, its influence spread from Nietzsche to the British Raj, and although often misinterpreted, it remains an essential work for understanding India today.

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