Status and Sacredness : A General Theory of Status Relations and an Analysis of Indian Culture: A General Theory of Status Relations and an Analysis of Indian Culture

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Oxford University Press, May 3, 1994 - History - 352 pages
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A difficult but rewarding book on indian caste. The author nicely combines methodological and theoretical considerations with practical examples from indian sociology. Particularly his thesis that ... Read full review

Contents

Theoretical Concepts
18
Key Elements
29
What Is to Be Explained
42
Explaining the Key Features of Caste
53
The Social Categories of Traditional India
63
Additional Elements
97
I
106
II
124
The Worship of Gods
172
Salvation and Soteriology
189
Eschatology
204
Conclusions
228
Glossary
243
Notes
257
Bibliography
303
Index
324

Status Relations in Marriage Alliances
143
On the Nature of Sacredness
163

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