[INDOLOGY] Childhood and Children in Ancient India

Christèle Barois christellebarois at wanadoo.fr
Mon Nov 3 21:36:20 UTC 2014

Dear Don Davis,
You might be interested in Danielle Feller's paper : Epic Heroes Have No Childhood:
A survey of Childhood Descriptions in the Sanskrit Epics, the Mahābhārata
and the Rāmāyaṇa ?
With best wishes,
Christèle Barois 

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Donald R Davis 
  To: Indology 
  Sent: Monday, November 03, 2014 8:58 PM
  Subject: [INDOLOGY] Childhood and Children in Ancient India

  Dear colleagues,

  I would be grateful for further recommendations of secondary studies pertaining to childhood and children in ancient India, especially those with a historical, epigraphical, or literary focus.  I am aware of the studies below that touch on some aspects of children’s lives and training. The literature on sons specifically is easier to find, but it clusters around the ideal twelve-sons categorization in Dharmasastra.  I’m looking for studies outside of Dharmasastra, if possible.  SARDS-3 was helpful.  Is there nothing more like Phillipe Aries’s Centuries of Childhood, for those of you who may know it?  Any leads would be appreciated.


  Don Davis

  Dept of Asian Studies

  University of Texas at Austin

  Granoff, Phyllis. “Fathers and Sons: Some Remarks on the Ordination of Children in the Medieval Śvetāmbara Monastic Community”

  Kakar, Sudhir. The Inner World

  Katre, S. M. “On some words for 'child' in Indo-Aryan”

  Meyer, J.J. Sexual Life in Ancient India

  Rocher, Ludo. “The Status of Minors in Classical Hindu Law”

  Scharfe, Hartmut. Education in Ancient India

  Schopen, Gregory, “The Urban Buddhist Nun and a Protective Rite for Children in Early North India”

  Silk, Jonathan A. “Child abandonment and homes for unwed mothers in ancient India: Buddhist sources”

  Verpoorten, Jean-Marie. “L'enfant dans la littérature rituelle védique (brāhmaṇa)”


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