The Kashmiri Brahmins

Witzel, Michael

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Abstract

The Kashmiri Brahmins, usually called Pandits, constitute one single group, the Kasmira Brahmanas, without any real subdivisions. They form, according to Bühler, the first Indologist to visit the Valley, one unified community: they 'interdine' (annavyavahara) and they also teach each other (vidyavyavahara, vidyasambandha). But not all of them intermarry (kanyavyavahara, yonisambandha), which is the real test of belonging or not belonging to a single community ...

Document type: Article
Date: 1995
Version: Primary publication
Date Deposited: 20 February 2008
DDC-classification: Religions of Indic origin
Controlled Subjects: Kaschmir, Brahmanen, Kultur, Religion, Geschichte
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kaschmir , Brahmanen , Kultur , Religion , Geschichte, Kashmir , Brahmins , Religion , History
Subject (classification): Religion and Philosophy
Countries/Regions: India
Series: People > Kleine Schriften von Michael Witzel
Volume: 6