Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
53 | 2017


Who Are the lokāyatika brāhmaṇas?    

Ramkrishna Bhattacharya
Pavlov Institute, Calcutta, India


The paper seeks to identify the lokāyatika brāhmaṇas mentioned in the Tipiṭaka and concludes, after comparing a reference to the lokāyatika brāhmaṇa in the Rāmāyaṇa, that the word lokāyatika in both the contexts refers to an argumentative brāhmaṇa, not a materialist.


Lokāyata. Lokāyatika brāhmaṇas. Materialism.

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