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Sannyāsin
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The Sanskrit word saṃnyāsin (“renouncer”) is one of several terms for an ascetic in the Indo-Brahmanic tradition (Asceticism: VIII). A saṃnyāsin renounces “the world,” especially all forms of ritual. In the classic formulation of the four stages of life (Āśrama: Brahmin student, householder, hermit, itinerant ascetic), saṃnyāsa (“renunciation”) represents the fourth and final stage: having completely fulfilled his duties, the ideal twice-born man – someone who has experienced his “second birth” through initiation, in other…

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Freiberger, Oliver, “Sannyāsin”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 June 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025189>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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