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The origin of heresy in Hindu mythology

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Hinduism has always been noted for its ability to absorb potentially schismatic developments. The assimilation of heresies (pākhaṇḍa- dharmas) was made possible in part by the open-ended quality of the religion itself but also by the vagueness of the Hindu definition of heresy. The two primary, ostensible criteria of orthodoxy are the acceptance of the Vedas as the sacred canon and adherence to the basic law of society -- varṇāśrama dharma, the regulation of class and st...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Faculty of Oriental Studies
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Author
Publication date:
1973
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
Barcode:
602326850
URN:
uuid:6895c49b-c50e-4e23-ad63-66fa298ad81f
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td:602326850
Language:
English
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