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Hindu Law and Judicature

from the Dharma-Sástra of Yájnavalkya

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Author: Yájnavalkya
Published: 1859
Language: English
Wordcount: 24,742 / 93 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.8
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 2,572
Added to site: 2007.06.25 17434
Genre: Religion

>10. Bráhmans, Kshattriyas, Vaisyás and Súdrás are the casts: of them the three first are twice-born; all their rites, commencing with the procreative rites, and ending with those [which are gone through] where the corpse is disposed of,[24] are with Mantras.[25]

14. In the eighth year from conception, or in the eighth [of birth],[26] the investiture[27] of the Bráhman [takes place]; of Rajas[28] in the eleventh; of Vaisyás in the twelfth: some [have said, this varies] in accordance with [the usage of] the family.

39. Bráhmans, Kshattriyas, and Vaisyás are born, first, of their mothers, and, a second time, by the girding on of the sacred thread--therefore are they declared to be twice-born.

116. [Men] are to be honoured in the gradation following,--in respect of learning, conduct, years, family, property. Even a Súdrá, if he excel in these respects, is in old age worthy of honour.

326. The monarch, at his rising



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