Śūdras in Ancient India: A Social History of the Lower Order Down to Circa A.D. 600, Part 600

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1990 - Social Science - 384 pages
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The Book Tries To Show How The Labouring Class In Ancient Times Came To Be Known As Sudras And Explores Their Social And Economic Relations With Members Of The Higher Varnas. It Also Tackles Several Other Problems Was Ancient Indian Society A Slave Society? How Did The Sudra Ritual Status Correspond To Their Economic Status? Why Were Social Revolts Comparatively Absent In Ancient India. Without Dustjacket.
  

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Contents

Chapters
1
Origin
9
Later Vedic literature and Painted Grey Ware
46
Sudras as serfs and slaves
52
Sudra soldiers in the asvamedha sacrifice
59
Marital relations between the higher varnas
68
The sudra and Vedic sacrifice
78
Contradiction in the position of the sudras
87
High posts as the preserve of the three higher
172
Ddsa and ahitaka
179
Crisis in the Old Order c 200 B C c a d 300
191
Peasanthood and Religious Rights c a d 300600
245
Change and Continuity
314
Date of the Manu Smrti with Special
327
Bibliography
346
Index Sanskrit Pali and Prakrit Words
369

State Control and the Servile Order
157
Slaves and agricultural labourers in state
163

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