Laws of Manu

English term generally applied to the "Manava Dharma-sastra," a metrical Sanskrit compendium of ancient sacred laws and customs of Brahminism. It consists of 2684 verses, divided into 12 chapters, and in its present metrical form, dates from about the 1st or 2nd century of the Christian era. The content, which is supposed to have come from Brahma, may be of greater antiquity.

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