brahman

Definitions

  • BRAHMANS OF BENGAL
    BRAHMANS OF BENGAL
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Brahman any of several breeds of Indian cattle; especially a large American heat and tick resistant greyish humped breed evolved in the Gulf States by interbreeding Indian cattle and now used chiefly for crossbreeding
    • n brahman the highest of the four varnas: the priestly or sacerdotal category
    • n brahman a member of the highest of the four Hindu varnas "originally all brahmans were priests"
    • n brahman a member of a social and cultural elite (especially a descendant of an old New England family) "a Boston brahman"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At one time, there was a law in India that forbade lower-caste people from casting their shadows on a member of the Brahman (the upper class).
    • Brahman a person from an old, respected, and usually wealthy family who has considerable social or political influence; -- a term used especially in New England; as, a Boston brahmin .
    • Brahman A person of the highest or sacerdotal caste among the Hindus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Brahman A member of the sacred or sacerdotal caste among the Hindus. From being in the beginning individuals and families distinguished for wisdom, sanctity, and poetic power, they gradually consolidated their influence and became a strictly hereditary class, holding in their hands the ministry of holy things, the custody of the scriptures and knowledge of their sacred and learned dialect, and the performance of the sacrifice. They were held to be created from the mouth of Brahma, to be inviolable, and entitled to the worship of the other castes. Theoretically, the life of a Brahman was divided into four stages, those of student, householder, anchorite, and ascetic. In later times the relations and occupations of the castes have become much confused, and Brahmans are to be found in every grade of dignity and of very various modes of life. There are many subdivisions of the caste, more or less isolated, and refusing intercourse with one another. Also written Brahmin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brahman brä′man a person of the highest or priestly caste among the Hindus
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Skr. Brāhmana,cf. Brahman, worship, holiness; the God Brahma, also Brahman): cf. F. Brahmane, Brachmane, Bramine, L. Brachmanae, -manes, -mani, pl., Gr. , pl
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Brahma, the supreme post-Vedic Hindu deity.

Usage

In literature:

Brahmanism hinders the Indian woman in making use of the educational opportunities offered by the English government.
"The Modern Woman's Rights Movement" by Kaethe Schirmacher
The definitive establishment of the Brahmanical hierarchy marks the beginning of the Brahmanical period properly so called.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
Brahman, how regarded according to the Institutes of Menu, i.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
The most remarkable Hindu or Brahmanical temples are in Southern India.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
Ananu is used as an epithet of Brahman in Brihad Ar.
"The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha" by Madhava Acharya
He may still tread the earth, but he is a saint or Brahman, is in heaven, has quitted the transient and enjoys eternity.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
The chief, whose title is Pant Pratinidhi, is a Brahman by caste.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8" by Various
Brahman: supreme god-head of Brahmanism.
"Zen Culture" by Thomas Hoover
Some suggest that Lao-tze was a Brahman, and not a Chinese at all.
"The Japanese Spirit" by Yoshisaburo Okakura
An accident of birth has made you a Christian instead of a Moslem or a Brahman, that is all.
"Phases of an Inferior Planet" by Ellen Glasgow
He had the Christian gospels and several Brahmanical treatises translated into Persian.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
They do not keep the Hindu festivals and they defy the contempt of the Brahmans.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
Sweet it is to be a mother, sweet the lot of fatherhood, Sweet the life of holy hermits, sweet the life of Brahmans good.
"The Buddha's Path of Virtue" by Frank Lee Woodward
Brahmanism with its great culture succeeded in binding the whole of India and was indeed a mighty unifying force.
"Freedom Through Disobedience" by C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
Maratha Brahmans, the, 546 sq.
"Man, Past and Present" by Agustus Henry Keane
For the cobra is in the popular imagination a Brahman, and there is no greater sin than that of killing a Brahman.
"Omens and Superstitions of Southern India" by Edgar Thurston
At that time Sariputta and Moggallana, two Brahmans and chiefs of the followers of Sanjaya, led a religious life.
"The Gospel of Buddha" by Paul Carus
According to the Brahman-da-purana, she was worshipped by the gods, and both gods and giants were highly pleased when they saw her.
"Phallic Miscellanies" by Hargrave Jennings
Indra murdered a Brahman, a three-headed one, it is true, but still a Brahman.
"Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Andrew Lang
Last of all came the deputies of the Brahmans.
"Visits and Sketches at Home and Abroad with Tales and Miscellanies Now First Collected" by Anna Jameson
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In news:

Brahman and Brahman F-1 breeders have taken advantage of the American Brahman 's drought tolerance to keep their business afloat.
The American Brahman Breeders Association is currently planning its second annual convention to be held Nov 16 and 17 at Moody Gardens Hotel and Spa in Galveston, Texas.
Many Brahman and Brahman F-1 breeders have taken advantage of the American Brahman 's drought tolerance to keep their business afloat.
The auction booklet traced the Brahman 's lineage out to three generations, starting with her sire, a champion bull, and her dam, a prodigious breeder of show heifers.
Brahmans , known for the hump on their back and their wrinkled dewlaps, are tropical cattle, able to withstand heat and repel insects.
The Tiger, the Brahman & the Jackal.
The Tiger, the Brahman & the Jackal .
You may dream of a past life as a sex slave, Roman oracle, benevolent ruler or Brahman cow in India.
From Brahman Family to Tending India's Poor.
When Marcus Shackleford honks the horn, his Brahman cattle come running.
The untouchables look as clean and stylishly dressed as the rich Brahmans.
Wiseman bred Brahman cattle with Angus which produced what's known as Brangus.
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In science:

Pa˜ncavim. ´sa Br¯ahman. a states that the heavens are 1000 earth die , away from the earth.
Early Theories on the Distance to the Sun
More practical evidence is to be found in texts called the Br¯ahman. as that came to be written as the earliest commentaries on the Vedic texts.
Early Theories on the Distance to the Sun
For example, ´Satapatha Br¯ahman. a ( ´SB) 6.1.10 to 6.2.4 gives us a brief account of the creation of the universe where several elements related to the physical and the psychological worlds are intertwined.
Early Theories on the Distance to the Sun
The Pa˜ncavim. ´sa Br¯ahman. a (PB) The Pa˜ncavim. ´sa Br¯ahman. a (PB) (The Br¯ahman. a of Twenty-five Chapters) 25.10 has an account of a journey to the source of the river Sarasvat¯ı from the point it gets lost in the desert.
Early Theories on the Distance to the Sun
Internal astronomical evidence of the Br¯ahman. as indicates that these texts date from different times in the second millennium BC.
Early Theories on the Distance to the Sun
Further evidence for this dating comes from the fact that the Br¯ahman. as describe rites where the interval from the winter solstice to the summer solstice is exactly 180 days.5 This makes it impossible for the rites described in these texts to be later than the second millennium B.C.
Early Theories on the Distance to the Sun
There is an interesting altar design in the ´Satapatha Br¯ahman. a (8.5) which represents the orbit of the sun around the earth (Figure 1).
Early Theories on the Distance to the Sun
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