The Dānakāṇḍa ("Book on gifting") of the Kṛtyakalpataru : a critical edition and annotated translation

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Title: The Dānakāṇḍa ("Book on gifting") of the Kṛtyakalpataru : a critical edition and annotated translation
Author: Brick, David James
Abstract: Throughout its long history , the Brahmanical literary tradition has demonstrated a deep concern with gifting and , thus , provides valuable data on this important institution in pre -modern South Asia . Significantly , this long tradition of reflection on the gift culminates in a class of texts called dānanibandhas , which start to appear in the early twelfth century CE and continue to be composed in widespread areas of the subcontinent until roughly the beginning of British rule . These dānanibandhas draw together , organize , and comment upon a vast array of earlier scriptures on dāna (Sanskrit : gift /gifting ) and , therefore , represent a grand attempt to synthesize all earlier Brahmanical thought on the subject . Consequently , they are invaluable sources for the understanding of orthodox Brahmanical theories of the gift during much of South Asian history . Despite their potential value to modern scholarship , however , none of these texts has been translated into any Western language or even properly edited . Thus , the state of these primary sources greatly hampers any scholarly attempts at their analysis . This dissertation constitutes a first and crucial step toward remedying this situation , for it comprises a critical edition and annotated translation of the Dānakāṇḍa (“Book on Gifting” ) , the fifth section of the encyclopedic Kṛtyakalpataru of Lakṣmīdhara and the earliest extant dānanibandha . As a complement to this philological work , a more general study of Brahmanical theories of the gift with special emphasis on the early dānanibandhas has been included .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /7546
Date: 2010-06-01

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The Dānakāṇḍa ("Book on gifting") of the Kṛtyakalpataru : a critical edition and annotated translation. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /7546 .

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