[INDOLOGY] Childhood and Children in Ancient India

Allen Thrasher alanus1216 at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 6 03:03:23 UTC 2014

In addition to the Balatantra mentioned by Ales., one might look at the Kumaratantra attributed to Ravana, translated by Filliozat as Etude de demonologie indienne, which deals with childhood diseases and the demons to which they are attributed, classified by age (as I seem to recall, from birth to age 16).


On Monday, November 3, 2014 2:58 PM, Donald R Davis <drdj at austin.utexas.edu> wrote:

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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