Old Age
(5,651 words)

A wide variety of images and understandings of old age exists in Hindu textual traditions and daily life. Two key themes are salient in many contexts. The first is the theme of transience; aging and the gradual decline of the body as death grows near, for better or worse, epitomizes the transience of human existence, the ephemeral nature of the cycle of births and deaths that makes up the worldly life of saṃsāra . The second key theme is tha…

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Sarah Lamb, “Old Age”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000019>
First published online: 2012

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