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abduction

abduction  

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N.Wrongfully taking away or detaining another person, usually by force or fraud. See child abduction; false imprisonment; kidnapping.
Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve  

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The first parents of the human race, whose story is told in the opening chapters of the book of Genesis. There is no doubt that until the nineteenth century Adam and Eve were held to be historical ...
adoption

adoption  

In the heroic monomyth, the divine child is often adopted by menials or animals after being abandoned or threatened in some way. Oedipus, Sigurd (Siegfried), Krishna, Cybele, and Romulus and Remus ...
adultery

adultery  

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The way in which religions have played so vital a role in the protection of what would now be recognized as gene-replication and the nurture of children has contributed to ...
Advice Books

Advice Books  

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Are texts concerned with prescribing proper behavior for their readers. The locus of this concern may be any combination of outward actions and inner moral or psychological states. Subgenres of ...
affective individualism

affective individualism  

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An alleged (though controversial) change in family life, said to have accompanied the demographic, industrial, and capitalist revolutions which occurred in 18th-century England, and since experienced ...
African customary law

African customary law  

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This useful, albeit disputed, term denotes a body of largely unwritten laws that have been derived from social practices regarded as obligatory by the communities concerned. The account below is ...
age

age  

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A person is considered to have full legal capacity on attaining the age of 18 years (see adult). Generally a child is understood to be a person under 18. The ...
Agni

Agni  

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The Vedic god of fire, the priest of the gods and the god of the priests.
agnisthāpana

agnisthāpana  

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The name given to the ritual in which the Brahmanical sacrificer and his wife set up the gṛhyāgni (‘domestic fire’) at the time of their marriage.
alimony

alimony  

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N.Formerly, financial provision made by a husband to his wife when they are living apart. Alimony is now known as maintenance or financial provision.
allegations, marriage

allegations, marriage  

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A statement made on oath, or affidavit, in order to obtain a marriage licence.
ancient Middle Eastern law

ancient Middle Eastern law  

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This entry covers Mesopotamia and Egypt. The principal sources for law in ancient Mesopotamia are law collections, king's edicts (misharum edicts), and contemporaneous public and private legal ...
Āṇṭāḷ

Āṇṭāḷ  

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9th century ce)Āṇṭāḷ is the one woman among the twelve South Indian poet-saints, the Āḻvārs. She is said to have been the adopted daughter of Periyāḻvār, a brahmin priest at the temple of ...
anuloma

anuloma  

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According to Dharmaśāstra, a name for a mixed marriage between a man of a higher varṇa, and a woman of a lower one. The term is also applied to any offspring of that marriage. Its name derives from ...
Arjuna

Arjuna  

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A Kshatriya prince in the Mahabharata, one of the two main characters in the Bhagavadgita, the charioteer to whom Krishna gives counsel during the battle.
ārṣa marriage

ārṣa marriage  

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According to ‘The Laws of Manu’ (Manusmṛti) and other Sanskrit legal texts (Dharmaśāstras), one of the eight possible types of marriage, involving the bridegroom making a gift of one or two pairs of ...
Ārya Samāj

Ārya Samāj  

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A society founded in Bombay in 1875 by Dayānanda Sarasvatī to promote his version of reformed Hinduism. Through it he advocated what he saw as a return to a pure, Veda-based, pre-Mahābhārata war form ...
assimilation

assimilation  

[Ge]The absorption of a minority group into a majority population, during which the group takes on the values and norms of the dominant culture.
aṣṭamangala

aṣṭamangala  

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(Skt.).In Hinduism, eight objects to make auspicious an important occasion, e.g. the coronation of a king. They are variously listed, but a typical list includes: a lion, bull, elephant ...

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