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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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Besides the better-known Gandharan and Kashmiri sculptural styles, quite different Brahmanic and Buddhist statues were produced in the Shahi kingdom ateliers in the region between Swat and Kabul from the 7th through 10th centuries (figures 1 and 3).
It has to be underlined then that Brahmanic ideology has always praised this traditional image of womanhood in which humiliation becomes a heroic pattern.
However, one critical aspect of the work in comparing Jung and Patanjali is to understand that Jung's Self does not map to the Brahmanic or Patanjalian Self, even though Jung believed that it did.
Kerala's landmark elevation of a dalit to the erstwhile much hyped Brahmanic Priesthood is a slap on Gujarat the former fiefdom of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh of Yogi Adithyanath where untouchability in its varied vicious forms still thrives under state patronage!
The image of the 'Victorhood' of God, which emerges from this paradigm, is highly estranged in its conformity to Dalit experience." He argued further that "[t]he image of God which emerges from the Deuteronomic and Exodus paradigms is highly estranged from the Dalit images of God, and is more in continuity with the images of the Hindu Brahmanic 'weapon wielder' Gods" (ibid., pp.
In India Buddhism revolutionized the Brahmanic doctrine Atman-Brahman, i.e.
Transcendent reality, for Dickinson, could not be conceived as having only a "naturalistic" or impersonal character--as it does in, say, Brahmanic Hinduism, or philosophical Taoism--because, as her poems make clear, it is incomprehensible to her that her own personhood, or self, could have as both its originating source and deepest ontological identity a creative principle lacking personhood.
Such correspondences do indicate that public spheres were inclusive, although Bayly also observes that these relational continuities were by no means seamless, and that they also characterised by discontinuities--most notably between the Brahmanic elite, whose ecumenism and dialogue were bounded, and Hindu noblemen who were open to writing in Persian and Urdu and to the challenges posed by dialogue (1999: 210).
33) Constance Garnett (1861-1946): emphasized the crucial importance of a language nationally and individually, reminding us of Oswald Spengler (1919, 1922) and his cultural discourse based on an indepth exploration of the "souls" (the Egyptian, the Classical, the Euclidean Classical, the Stoic, the Western, the Gothic, the Arabian, the Indian, the Brahmanic Indian, the Babylonian, the Chinese, the Appolinian, the Faustian, the Magian, etc.) of cultures and civilizations, all of which may have a common ground in an "ahistoric soul" of universal humanity:
The upper caste Brahmanism is a sort of threat for the lower castes, which continue to struggle for survival in face of the Brahmanic might.
A number of studies (Hardgrave, 1973; Pandian, 1992) have shown the extraordinary relationship between cinema and Tamil, Dravidian identity (distinct from the upper caste-based Aryan, Brahmanic identity), the creation of mass-based personality cults, and cinematic heroes and heroines becoming real-life politicians and heads of state.
In this companion work, he discusses the same solar cosmology as the source and significance of the principal brahmanic rituals of these different cultures.
My review, 'Blighted roots', in the Sunday edition of the Indian Express of February 26, 1984, clearly showed how Dharampal's book betrayed a fervour of what Louis Dumont termed 'Brahmanic patriotism' .
The untouchable tribal-caste group ancestors of the Pakistani Christians were assigned tasks "such as the cleaning of latrines and sewers; the removal of the carcasses of dead animals; and the removal of corpses..." and consequently reduced to a "subhuman status" (8) by the Brahmanic law.
The Master, who is my younger brother, wishes to seek the Dharma in the Brahmanic countries.