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Manu(mŭ`no͞o), semilegendary Hindu lawgiver. Traditionally ascribed to him are the Laws of Manu, best known of the Sanskrit smriti texts (see Sanskrit literatureSanskrit literature,
literary works written in Sanskrit constituting the main body of the classical literature of India. Introduction
The literature is divided into two main periods—the Vedic (c.1500–c.200 B.C.
..... Click the link for more information. ). They were compiled, probably between 200 B.C. and A.D. 200, from diverse ancient sources and provide detailed rules, presumably directed to Brahman priests, governing ritual and daily life. In particular they seek to validate and preserve the high caste position of the Brahmans.
See The Laws of Manu, tr. by G. Bühler (1886, repr. 1967).
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