[INDOLOGY] Childhood and Children in Ancient India

Howard Resnick hr at ivs.edu
Tue Nov 4 01:20:06 UTC 2014

By the way, would the elaborate, positive description of Krishna’s childhood in Bhagavata Purana and Hari-vamsa be an exception to this thesis?

> On Nov 3, 2014, at 4:36 PM, Christèle Barois <christellebarois at wanadoo.fr> wrote:
> 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 <mailto:drdj at austin.utexas.edu>
>> To: Indology <mailto:indology at list.indology.info>
>> 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.
>> Thanks,
>> 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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