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Synonyms for brahman

a member of a social and cultural elite (especially a descendant of an old New England family)

a member of the highest of the four Hindu varnas

the highest of the four varnas: the priestly or sacerdotal category

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any of several breeds of Indian cattle

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Either it reflects the influence of the Brahmanical codes, or else the Brahmanical sastras may be codifying legal conceptions and institutions already current in practice.
Chakravarti, Uma (2004), Conceptualiizng Brahmanical Patriarchs in Early India: Gender, Caste, Class and State in Class, Caste, Gender by Monoranjan Mohanty (Ed), Sage, New Delhi.
In India, where the essential and common culture is based, as pointed out earlier, on Brahmanical orthodoxy, there exist highly developed local cultures of its various regions.
The addition of the philosophical physician-patient relationship, for example, could help to more clearly situate within the model the chapter by Wharton, in which Brahmanical and Socratic pedagogies, with their non-negligible interpersonal aspects, are examined.
13) Maxime Ines Zupanov, Disputed Mission: Jesuit Experiments and Brahmanical Knowledge in Seventeenth-Century Indi, Deli, OUP, 2000; ver a esse proposito, Angela Barreto Xavier, "David contra Golias .
Their rituals are a combination of Buddhistic, animistic, and Brahmanical elements.
The bureaucratic overhang that was an outcrop of the colonial administration was regarded as elite, brahmanical and mandarin like in its attitudes to society and particularly its engagement with politicians and political parties.
There are several versions of Ramayana in textual, oral and performing traditions and belong to sectarian traditions like Brahmanical Hinduism, Jainism, folk, tribal etc.
The peculiar constellation at the court of Jaisingh led to the production of theological treatises expressing the interest in a revitalized Vedic ritual tradition with a strong emphasis on obeying the rules of dharma (correct behaviour; social and ritual duties) detailed in the Brahmanical law-books.
Moreover the Bahis were reduced to being older marginalized monastic tradition, as Hindu Brahmanical practice influenced the majority of the Buddhist rituals as well.
Ancient Indian Education: Brahmanical and Buddhist", Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
The Doctrine of Karma: Its Origins and Development in Brahmanical, Buddhist and Jaina Traditions.
At one moment it would be trying to impose utilitarian rationalist values without any heed to the offense caused to the religious feelings of the native population; at the next, it would be enshrining Brahmanical superiority in a caste system that the British imagined was a reflection of their own hierarchies of class.
It had a library that was rich in Brahmanical and Buddhist works.
While we hear a lot about Hinduism, it is a Sanskrit-based Brahmanical Hinduism, not the folk Hinduism of the larger part of the population.