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Women In The Sacred Laws
Kulapati's Preface The Author
Foreword Prologue
The Dharma Sutras Contemporary Evidence
The Manu - Samhita The Later Law-Books
Digest On Hindu Law Espirit Des Lois
Major Sections

THE DHARMA SUTRAS

From a consideration of the above it appears as though the Dharma-Sutra of Baudhayana consisted originally of two Prasnas and the rest were additions by later waters, and these had taken place probably twice at different periods, the first soon after the time of Baudhayana, when the third Prasna was added, and the second at the time of the later Smritis, when the fourth Prasna was added.

This point is specially important in the present survey, as the rules relating to women are contained in the first two Prasnas, and hence they can be taken as the genuine utterances of Baudhayana. With Baudhayana we can safely say that the influence of the south penetrates the Vedic school, or that the Vedic school transferred its centre to the south.

He is the earliest of the lawgivers from the south who have contributed to the legal literature of India. Maharnava avers that Baudhayana's influence was mainly confined to the south; but he does not disclose where the original home of Baudhayana was. His work does not directly refer to the south, except in his account of Desanirnaya 31 and, while referring to the customs of the Northerners, he censures the custom of going to sea 32 by pIacing it at the head of the Pataniyas or serious offences that lead to loss of caste. 33

The above instances reveal his knowledge of the south, but throw no light on the exact locality of his original home. 

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