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Saṃskāras
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Saṃskāra is the Sanskrit term mostly used for Brahmanical-Sanskritic life-cycle rituals that are mainly widespread between Hindu and other (Buddhist, Jaina) communities. They belong to a category of Sanskritic domestic rituals (karman, kriyā) that generally includes vedic sacrifices (homa, yajña, iṣṭi, bali) and mantras, but sometimes also forms of r…

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Michaels, Axel, “Saṃskāras”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 20 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_BEH_COM_2030060>
First published online: 2018



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