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dc.contributor.advisorOlivelle, Patricken
dc.creatorLindquist, Steven Edwarden
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-28T22:40:24Zen
dc.date.available2008-08-28T22:40:24Zen
dc.date.issued2005en
dc.identifierb61109332en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/2265en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractYajnavalkya is perhaps the most important literary figure in ancient India prior to the Buddha. He is prominent in early Indian literature (ca. 8th c. BCE onwards), particularly in late Vedic ritual manuals, philosophical tracts, Epic literature, and Puranic ("legendary") texts. He is credited with writing a major legal treatise, the Yajnavalkyasmrti, and is considered one of India's earliest and most well-known thinkers. In ancient India, Yajnavalkya was a bearer of ritual authority, a sage of mystical knowledge, and a propagator of philosophical ideas and religious law. In modern times, he has come to personify the hoary past of the Veda and Vedic orthodoxy. In these various contexts, the figure of Yajnavalkya functions in a variety of ways -- he is a literary device, a cultural ascription of authority for certain beliefs and practices, and a representative of particular institutionalized modes of life (the idealized priest, mendicant, and sage). This project is an analysis of this literary figure in ancient and classical Sanskrit literature (the Satapatha Brahmana, the Brhadaranyaka Upanisad, the Mahabharata, the Yajnavalkyasmrti, and various Puranas). Through a close reading of the literature, I focus upon how this figure develops across time and across traditions, including, for example, the use and manipulation of related themes and the deployment of Yajnavalkya's sarcastic portrayal. Further, I argue that by analyzing both the early and later literary traditions we can surmise how the figure might have been "read" in the process of rewriting him into different contexts with different goals.
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshYājñavalkyaen
dc.subject.lcshSanskrit literature--Historyen
dc.titleIn search of a sage: Yājñavalkya and ancient Indian literary memoryen
dc.description.departmentAsian Studiesen
dc.identifier.oclc70902590en
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentAsian Studiesen
thesis.degree.disciplineAsian Studiesen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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