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The Dasanami-samnyasis

ISBN/ASIN: 9004152113,9789004152113 | 2006 | English | pdf | 352/369 pages | 3.21 Mb
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub | Author: Matthew Clark

This book provides an account of the organisation, practices and history of the Dasanami-Sanyasis, one of the largest sects of sadhus ('holy men') in South Asia. According to tradition, the sect was founded by the legendary south-Indian philosopher Sankaracharya, whose floruit was most probably around 700 CE. While the first three chapters of this book examine the sect's organisation and its various branches, the latter chapters explore its history. This is the first full-length study of the Dasanami-Sanyasis to be published since the 1970s, and will be particularly useful both for students of Hinduism and for readers with a particular interest in the religious history of mediaeval India.

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