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Brahmanical Theories of the Gift

Brahmanical Theories of the Gift

A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation of the Dānakānda of the Krtyakalpataru

Edited and translated by David Brick

ISBN 9780674088481

Publication date: 08/10/2015

This volume constitutes the first critical edition and translation into any modern language of a dānanibandha, a classical Hindu legal digest devoted to the culturally and religiously important topic of gifting. Specifically, it is a critical edition—based upon all identifiable manuscripts—and complete, annotated translation of the Dānakānda (“Book on Gifting”), the fifth section of the encyclopedic Krtyakalpataru (c. 1114–1154) of Laksmīdhara and the earliest extant dānanibandha. David Brick has included an extensive historical introduction to the text and its subject matter.


  • David Brick is Senior Lecturer in the South Asian Studies Council at Yale University.

Book Details

  • 765 pages
  • 7 x 10 inches
  • Harvard University Department of South Asian Studies