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Coda: Transitional texts of the āpaddharmaparvan II

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This chapter unites together the last four texts of the Āpaddharmaparvan (ĀDhP). These texts continue the transitional function begun by those texts discussed in the last chapter, a transition marking not just a shift from the thematic space of the ĀDhP to the Mokṣadharmaparvan (MDhP), but also a shift from the entire royal instructions constituted in the Rājadharmaparvan (RDhP) and ĀDhP taken collectively to the instructions on the 'laws of liberation' that constitute the MDhP. The transitional texts discussed in this chapter part with those explored in the previous chapter on formal grounds, a formal distinctiveness matched by their quite separate transitional functions. The first of these units offers a long and idiosyncratic exposition of penance, the purificatory practices advocated not only for crimes, but also for the sorts of breaking of normative rules that typifies a time of crisis. The second and third units form a kind of pair.

Keywords: Āpaddharmaparvan (ĀDhP); Mokṣadharmaparvan (MDhP); Rājadharmaparvan (RDhP); transitional texts



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