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Setting things right: Transitional texts of the āpaddharmaparvan I

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This chapter discusses the transitional texts of the Āpaddharmaparvan I. In this sense, taken collectively, these texts have a double function: on the one hand they facilitate the drawing to a close of the kingly instructions of the Rājadharmaparvan/Āpaddharmaparvan sequence, and on the other hand they provide an introduction or prelude to the themes of the Mokṣadharmaparvan (MDhP). This implies that what we have before us is a text that has to some degree been carefully constructed. It is also the case that these texts vary considerably in content, and, therefore, the relationship of each to the preceding and following didactic corpora varies accordingly. Within this closing sequence of texts, the seven 'chapters' discussed in this chapter (semantic units (SUs) 18-24) constitute a distinct sub-section. Each of these units contains an exposition of a particular topic that intersects with the general thematic tendencies of the MDhP.

Keywords: Āpaddharmaparvan I; Mokṣadharmaparvan (MDhP); Rājadharmaparvan; transitional texts



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