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The Law of Manu- Manusmriti also known as Manav Dharam Shastra, is the earliest metrical work on Brahminical Dharma in Hinduism.

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Why are Daityas Sattvic according to the Manusmriti?

NOTE: This question is NOT a duplicate of this question. The Manusmriti has this verse about the types of bodies one can enter due to different Gunas. Here are the bodies can can be born in due to ...
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To which caste do people from the Vishwakarma community belong?

I belong to the Vishwakarma community and am not able to decide on the caste (Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya or Shudra) I belong. As per my knowledge and learning, even the Vedas, Manusmriti and other ...
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Where is the injunction to do Sandhyavandanam found in the Vedas?

I know the injunction for Dvijas to do Sandhyavandanam is found in the Manusmriti, but where is this injunction found in the Vedas? The Gayatri mantra is found in the Vedas, but where is the ...
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Why is food smelt by a cow impure when cow's dung and urine is used for purification rites?

Manu-smṛti 5.123: पक्षिजग्धं गवा घ्रातमवधूतमवक्षुतम् । दूषितं केशकीटैश्च मृत्प्रक्षेपेण शुध्यति ॥ १२३ ॥ pakṣijagdhaṃ gavā ghrātamavadhūtamavakṣutam | dūṣitaṃ keśakīṭaiśca ...
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Alternative translations to Manusmriti 4.53

English translation of Manusmriti 4.53 by Ganganath Jha says: नाग्निं मुखेनोपधमेन्नग्नां नैक्षेत च स्त्रियम् । नामेध्यं प्रक्षिपेदग्नौ न च पादौ प्रतापयेत् ॥ ५३ ॥ nāgniṃ mukhenopadhamennagnāṃ ...
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Which verses in the Vedas describe humans as the same as Pashus?

I remember seeing some Vedic verses related to this (either in Rig or Atharva Veda) and they were either talking about all animals and in that humans were too there or like that only but thinking (...
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Where can I read Manusmriti along with all its commentaries in English?

Manusmriti has more than six commentaries so far (Bhāruci, Medhātithi, Govindarāja, Kullūka, Nārāyana, Sarvajnanarayana, Nandana, Raghavananda, Ramacandra). Only Medhatithi's commentary which has been ...
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Why do Brahmacharis who break the vow of celibacy need to sacrifice a donkey as atonement?

From Apastamba Dharma Sutras 1.9.26.8: A [student] who has broken the vow of chastity, shall offer to Nirṛiti an ass, according to the manner of the Pāka-yajña-rites. This same Prayaschitta is ...
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Manusmriti says Sama Veda is impure, whereas Krishna says he is Sama Veda of all the Vedas

The Manusmriti says: The Ṛgveda is sacred to the gods and the Yajurveda is human; the Sāmaveda has been declared to be related to the Pitṛs; hence its sound is impure.—(124) This is odd ...
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What are the origins/geneology of various mleccha tribes?

“Those various men of Kṣatriya birth — Dramiḻas, Kaliṅgas, Pulindas, Uśīnaras, Kaulas, Sarpas, and Māhiṣakas — have reached the level of Śūdras because no Brahmins are seen among them.” ...
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Were the harsher punishments laid out in smṛtis actually carried out or they merely served as a deterrent?

Were some of the harsher punishments laid out in smṛtis like the Manu actually carried out (any real examples?) or they merely served as a deterrent? From Manusmṛti: On abusing a Brāhmaṇa the ...
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Is it wrong according to Hinduism to marry a girl name Swati?

Manu Smriti 3.9 says this: "A man should not marry a woman named after a constellation". Now, Swati is a constellation. So, is it wrong to marry a girl named Swati?
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Manu 3.271 - Which translators/commentators interpret 'gavyena' as beef (cow meat)?

I shall now fully describe what offering-material, on being offered to the Pitṛs, according to role, serves for a long time, and for eternity.—(266) By the proper offering of sesamum, rice ...
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What is the view of different dharma shastras on domestic violence against women?

What do different dharma shastras say about domestic violence against women, is domestic violence treated as sin in majority of them? I would like to know from different dharma shastras especially the ...
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What are the impure substances from which prohibited food grows

Manu RIshi talks about prohibited food items in Manu Smriti verse 5.5, the original verse is लशुनं गृञ्जनं चैव पलाण्डुं कवकानि च । अभक्ष्याणि द्विजातीनाममेध्यप्रभवानि च ॥ ५ ॥ Garlic, leeks ...
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Suggestions for Hindu books regarding political philosophy

I am wanting to read and learn about Hindu political philosophy. I know about the "Laws of Manu", but I am unsure of any other books that relate, I would like to read similar things such as the famous ...
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Why does Manu Smriti declare temple priests as sinful?

"Physicians, temple priests, sellers of meat, and those who subsist by shop-keeping must be avoided at sacrifices offered to the gods and to the manes." (Manusmriti: 3/152) "(Food) given to a ...
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Are there any blasphemy laws in the dharma śāstras?

According to some comments & answers to What are the after-effects of insulting gods/goddesses? it appears that in the grand scheme of things, the Karma theory is going take care of all those who ...
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How is killing of black deer for skin and other products justified

Shatpath Bramhana says that brahmin boys should cover their bodies with skin of Black Deer or Krishna Mriga (Black Buck), and this is okay if they don't just kill them for that purpose. A dead buck's ...
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What is the full form of the following sloka?

Swami Vivekananda has once quoted one line from a sloka which is most probably from the Manu-samhita, that reads charen mAdhukarim vrittim api mlechchhakulad api, Meaning : [a monk] should ...
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Are women considered spoils of war according to Kshatriya Dharma?

Historically, the armies of the Mlecchas, Asuras, and Rakshasas after defeating the army, killing the king, and conquering a city, would kill all the civilian men, rape all the women, make their ...
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Which is the most authentic english translation of Manu Smriti?

Which is the most authentic translation of Manu Smriti preferably literal word to word one?
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Is this an interpolation in the Manusmriti?

On the section of marriageable girls in the Manusmriti, there are two verses: For the Śūdra, the Śūdra girl. alone has been ordained to be the wife; for the Vaiśya, she as also the girl of his ...