8. Contributions to the Semantic History of Samnyasa

  title={8. Contributions to the Semantic History of Samnyasa},
  author={Patrick Olivelle},
  • Patrick Olivelle
  • Published 2008
  • History, Computer Science
  • Samn'dsa is a relatively new term in the Sanskrit vocabulary. It occurs rarely in the Vedic corpus and did not enter the Buddhist or Jaina vocabularies. Even medieval Sanskrit lexicographers ignore this term. Samn'iasa is used exclusively in Brahmanical writings, and in its early usage indicated only one aspect of renunciation, namely the abandonment of ritual activity. In the early phase of its semantic development several attempts were made to give it restricted technical meanings. These… CONTINUE READING
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