Masculinity in Ancient India

McComas Taylor mccomas.taylor at ANU.EDU.AU
Mon Nov 27 00:57:39 UTC 2006

Could anyone recommend Indic sources on masculinity, from around 5 BCE 
to 10 CE? I'm particularly interested in notions of the ideal male body 
and what makes one a real man. Are there sources that compare the 
masculinity of brahmans and k.satriyas? And are there non-Buddhist 
sources that discuss the 32 major marks of a, or is this 
unique to Buddhism? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

John Powers
Dr. John Powers
Centre for Asian Societies and Histories
Australian National University
Canberra, ACT 0200

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