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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. India and the Inner Conflict of Tradition
2. Brahmin, Ritual, and Renouncer
3. The Case of the Severed Head
4. The Flood Story in Vedic Ritual
5. The Origin of the Nastika
6. Vedic Sacrifice and Transcendence
7. Ritual, Revelation, and the Axial Age
8. The Conundrum of the King’s Authority
9. Kautilya and the Ancient Indian State
10. Power, Priesthood, and Authority
11. Western Expansion, Indian Reaction: Mughal Empire and British Raj
12. Caste, Village, and Indian Society
13. Caste and Karma: Max Weber’s Analysis of Caste
Notes
Index

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