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Published: 04 January 1996

360 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195096637

Bookseller Code (04)


Sacrificed Wife/Sacrificer's Wife

Women, Ritual, and Hospitality in Ancient India

Stephanie W. Jamison

A treatment of women in ancient India, this text focuses on the role of the Sacrificer's Wife in solemn Vedic ritual and the conceptual functions women fill there. These conceptual functions are then traced in the later epic and dharma literature, and the central role of women in the system of hospitality and gift exchange in a variety of text types is discussed.