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Gift and Gift Giving
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It may be difficult to overstate the importance and religious significance of gift-giving practices in Hinduism. Extolled in early vedic “Hymns to Giving” (Dānastutis), the gift develops in the course of Indian history into a central religious category in brahmanical discourse, and is discussed prolifically in the epic, puranic and dharmashastric sources. Gifts are also recorded in the epigraphical record where we learn about t…

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Heim, Maria R., “Gift and Gift Giving”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_BEH_COM_000190>
First published online: 2018



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