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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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The colour is associated with the Brahmanical deity regarded as the protector of those born on that day.
Witnessing the gradual disintegration of Brahmanical social order and observing idolatrous practices of priests, she rejected exclusivist, organized religion with its empty, institutionalized ritualism.
But such male literary creations must nonetheless have been rooted in recognizable "facts" of women's lives to have validity for their audience, and any overlaps between such "facts" in the Avs [Avadanasataka] and narrative "facts" about women given in other sources, Brahmanical and Buddhist, would indicate these are indeed commonly held notions of women and their situation in this time and area.
1993), "Conceptualizing Brahmanical Patriarchy in early India.
Ravanan the ethnarch of Lanka, ruled Rameswaram, Janasthanam, Dandaka and many other regions in the South India, was a Brahmin by birth and after his demise; his body was cremated according to the Brahmanical rites.
Buddhist remains of 8th Century AD and the Brahmanical remains of later period make it an interesting day excursion.
The kings' patronage of the sramanas further eroded Brahmanical authority, which encouraged them to take a more interventionist role in religious doctrine and public worship.
Did his obsession with Buddhism, which spurred him to divert the resources of the state to Buddhist monasteries and missionaries, provoke a Brahmanical reaction and destroy his empire?
29) In the course of time Patanjali came to be recognized as the ultimate authority on yoga in the mainstream Brahmanical tradition, and his text assumed the contours of the 'classical' or 'orthodox' formulation of yoga in the Hindu Episteme through the centuries until the present.
And yet the moment that these peoples, the most disparate inter se in the world, proclaim themselves to be Hindus, they have all some point in common with Brahmanical orthodoxy.
The philosophies of ancient Greece, the Hellenistic world, Socrates, and Thomas Aquinas are fruitfully compared with the philosophies of India, Buddhism, Ramanuja, and Brahmanical systems.
Monica Melanchthon, writing from the perspective of the Dalit women in India, observes that biblical interpretation in India has previously reflected either Western thought or the experience of the brahmanical traditions, not that of less privileged castes.
Their rituals are a combination of Buddhistic, animistic, and Brahmanical elements.
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.