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1. also Brah·ma (-mə) Hinduism
a. The divine and absolute power of being that is the source and sustainer of the universe.
b. The divine universal consciousness pervading the universe and sustaining the souls of individual persons; Atman.
c. A religious formula or prayer and the holy or sacred power in it and in the officiating priest.
2. Variant of Brahmin..
3. also Brah·ma (-mə) or Brah·min (-mĭn) Any of a breed of beef cattle developed in the southern United States from stock originating in India and having a hump between the shoulders and a pendulous dewlap. They can tolerate heat and are often used for crossbreeding.
Variant of Brahmin.

[Sanskrit brahma, brahmaṇ-. Senses 2 and 3, from Sanskrit brāhmaṇa-, Brahmanic, from brahmā, brahmaṇ-, Brahman; see Brahma1.]

Brah·man′ic (-măn′ĭk), Brah·man′i·cal adj.
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For Buddhist Madhyamaka critiques of Brahmanic views, see D.
In particular, Guha's very nuanced interpretation of Buddhism as a conservationist adaptation of Brahmanic fire sacrifices would have profited Griffith, and his readers, a great deal.
This reconceptualization of British masculinity as colonial masculinity, which effectively elevated a Kshatriyan model of masculinity over Brahmanic ones, alienated long-standing political and cultural arbiters by removing the chief legitimating sources of traditional authority.
This is seemingly exacerbated by the fact that the Bhat feast violates certain dominant codes of propriety related to bodily impurity--for example, bringing Bhats and their progeny into intimate contact with, by Brahmanic standards, the most disgusting substances, not the least of which, a disembodied goat stomach coated with partially digested grasses and garbage (goats scavenge), feces, and blood.
Although it may be far-fetched to imply the existence of any direct connections between the ancestral practices of the Sa'dan Toraja and Brahmanic formulae like puruso vai vajnah ('[i]n truth, the sacrifice is a man [or is Man]; see Malamoud 1989:96), it is certainly possible to suggest that the obsequies of the Sa'dan derive their 'form and intelligibility from the metaphor of the body' (ibid.
into the empirical world - Thailand's Nora, Japan's No, Indonesia's Barong - and the dramatization of myths and legends: Buddhism's Jataka tales; Confucian ethics in Japanese Bunraku and Chinese Jiongxi; the Brahmanic Vishnu, incarnated in heroes performed in regional theatres (Kathakali, Krishnatiam) as well as Indonesia's Wayang, Cambodia's shadow plays, and so on - the list being immense and fascinating for the depth, the sensitivity, and the richly imaginative nature of the performances.
He adopted the title Rama I, from the great hero of the Brahmanic epic poem, Ramayana.
The Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine, based on the earliest Brahmanic texts, recommended that spices such as cloves and cardamom be wrapped in betel-nut leaves and chewed after meals to increase the flow of sahva, help digestion, and eliminate bad breath.
Like Patkin, Carmen Miranda and Josephine Baker are Brahmanic expatriates lone troubadours divested of the physical parameters of their respective cultural identities, fluidly traversing the difficult topography of societal time and place.
33-120) and "Opponents of Brahmanic Culture: The Materialism of the Lokayatas, Jainism and Buddhism" (pp.
The chopped up mix of spit rhyme hints at an unconscious fix on what brahmanic tradition would articulate as mantric vibration and energy-release of the second or sexual charka-center (Paul, 1, 4-5).
He explores the knowledge systems of Brahmanic Hinduism and compares them unfavorably with those of Dalit-Bahujan (i.