CONCEIVING THE CANON IN DVAITA VED ¯ ANTA: MADHVA’S DOCTRINE OF “ALL SACRED LORE” V ALERIE S TOKER Summary The past decade has witnessed a growing scholarly interest in the Veda’s status as a canon for precolonial, Brahminical Hinduism. In an effort to refute the notion that Hinduism is a purely Orientalist construct, several scholars have attempted to locate an indigenous set of shared religious beliefs in Brahmins’ consistent reference to the Veda as the standard for religious orthodoxy. 1 Yet even as such arguments posit the Veda as a unifying feature for the diverse Hindu tradition, 2 their very emphasis on the Veda’s role as a canon reveals a plurality of understandings of the Veda’s nature and message. Heeding J.Z. Smith’s (1982) assessment of the role of canon in religious traditions, scholars interested in the Veda’s signi cance for Hinduism have analyzed how speci c Brahmin communities innovatively reinterpret the Veda to preserve its relevance in the face of changing circumstances. 3 Because these circumstances are often beyond the pale of Brahminical society, scholarly emphasis on the Veda’s canonicity historicizes the Brahminical tradition, highlights that tradition’s links to other communities, and breaks down the Orientalist monolith. This
Numen – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 12 million articles from more than
10,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Read as many articles as you need. Full articles with original layout, charts and figures. Read online, from anywhere.
Keep up with your field with Personalized Recommendations and Follow Journals to get automatic updates.
It’s easy to organize your research with our built-in tools.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera