This paper aims to explore social identity dynamics concerning the Middle and Late Vedic culture, when the proto-Vedic clan-based society came to be dissolved by the emergence of the Kuru hegemony, and Brahmanical ritualization unfolded as the foremost interpretative para- digm of reality, culminating in orthopraxy, so preluding dharmic taxonomies. In particular, the Vedic mahāvrata rite, with its peculiarities, forcedly framed in the śrauta reform, may provide an un- conventional perspective for probing the varṇa system development and the transition from clan- based antagonism to ritualistic Otherness.

Dynamics of otherness and identity in the Vedic mahāvrata rite: the contest between ārya and śūdra / P. Rossi. - In: RIVISTA DEGLI STUDI ORIENTALI. - ISSN 0392-4866. - 95 (Nuova Serie):3(2022), pp. 195-219.

Dynamics of otherness and identity in the Vedic mahāvrata rite: the contest between ārya and śūdra

P. Rossi
2022

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This paper aims to explore social identity dynamics concerning the Middle and Late Vedic culture, when the proto-Vedic clan-based society came to be dissolved by the emergence of the Kuru hegemony, and Brahmanical ritualization unfolded as the foremost interpretative para- digm of reality, culminating in orthopraxy, so preluding dharmic taxonomies. In particular, the Vedic mahāvrata rite, with its peculiarities, forcedly framed in the śrauta reform, may provide an un- conventional perspective for probing the varṇa system development and the transition from clan- based antagonism to ritualistic Otherness.
Vedic Ritualism; Kuru Hegemony; Ritual Antagonism; mahāvrata Rite; ārya; śūdrá;
Settore L-OR/18 - Indologia e Tibetologia
Settore L-OR/17 - Filosofie, Religioni e Storia Dell'India e dell'Asia Centrale
2022
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