[INDOLOGY] debt

Birgit Kellner kellner at asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de
Tue May 21 06:42:35 EDT 2013


There's also a section on the theology of debts in Olivelle's Āśrama 
system, and, for Buddhism, there is a conceptually helpful discussion in 
Andy Rotman's "Thus Have I seen - Visualizing Faith in Early Indian 
Buddhism" (Oxford University Press 2009), in connection with prasāda 
(gift/reciprocity/debt - debt as obligation).

With best regards,

Birgit Kellner

Am 21.05.2013 12:34, schrieb Franco:
> Dear Jonathan,
> See Malamoud, Debts and Debtors. There is also a special issue of purushaartha on this topic.
> Best, Eli
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On 21.05.2013, at 12:32, "Walser, Joseph" <Joseph.Walser at tufts.edu> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Your student should probably check out Gregory Schopen's article "Dead monks and bad debts: Some provisions of a Buddhist Monastic inheritance law" in _Buddhist Monks and Business Matters_. I don't think the buddhists who wrote the vinayas were in a position to declare a jubilee year. That would be the perogative of the king.
>>
>> Other than that, I seem to recall the issue of debts only coming up in the Yajnavalkya and Katyayana smrtis, though it might be in Manu as well. I don't have them with me at the moment, but could find references if need be.
>>
>> Hope this is of some help.
>>
>>
>>
>> -j
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>>
>>
>> Joseph Walser
>>
>> Associate Professor
>>
>> Department of Religion
>>
>> Tufts University
>>
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>> Subject: [INDOLOGY] debt
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>> dear Colleagues,
>>
>> I've been asked whether (tout court) Buddhism or Hinduism have any clear attitudes toward debt. I understand the question not to refer to spiritual debt, but to monetary debt, and the origins of the questions to probably be whether we find things comparable to the idea of the Jubilee, or the Biblical necessity to release Hebrew slaves after 7 years of service (the origin of the Sabbatical, by the way!), and the like (at least as far as I know, there is no such provision in pre-modern India for manumission).
>> Any advice would be most welcome, thanks!
>>
>> Jonathan
>>
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