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The Language of the Gods in the World of Men: Sanskrit, Culture, and Power in Premodern India

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In this work of impressive scholarship, Sheldon Pollock explores the remarkable rise and fall of Sanskrit, India's ancient language, as a vehicle of poetry and polity. He traces the two great moments of its transformation: the first around the beginning of the Common Era, when Sanskrit, long a sacred language, was reinvented as a code for literary and political expression,...more
Hardcover, 703 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by University of California Press (first published April 23rd 2006)
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Tattushenoi
I left this book just 10% into it. It starts by saying that Sanskrit is 2000 - 3000 years old, while the first written material in Sanskrit was found to be from about 4000-3000 BC. Also when the origin of the language is not clear, it was not apt to finalize its age as around 2000 years old.
Next I came across, usual things like Sanskrit being forbidden for the "lower" varnas. The author emphasizes the ranking for the varnas and says that the Shudras would have thought what they could not do tha...more
Nikola
it bores me to death. a page of it suffices to knock me out. otherwise, a work of unparalleled scholarship and erudition.
Luther Obrock
We vultures studying pre-modern South Asia will be feasting for decades on the corpse of this book.
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