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The Character of the Self in Ancient India: Priests, Kings, and Women in the Early Upaniṣads

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The Character of the Self in Ancient India: Priests, Kings, and Women in the Early Upaniṣads. / Black, Brian.

Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, 2007. 224 p.

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