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Document Type(s):Journal Article
Article/Chapter Title:The Structure of Hindu Caste Values: A Preliminary Study of Hierarchy and Ritual Development
Journal Title:Ethnology
Author(s):Orenstein, Henry
Date of Publication:1995
Issue:no. 1
Annotation:Applying Levi-Strauss’s method of structural linguistics to the rules of Hindu caste by focusing on the Dharmashastras, Orenstein identifies what he considers to be the implicit premises underlying the caste system. Examining in particular textual statements about the polarity between pollution and purity, he finds some “distinctive regularities” that “reveal implicit thought processes” and can be understood as structural “paradigms” of the caste system.
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