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Drink of Immortality: Essays on Distillation and Alcohol Use in Ancient India

D N Jha (Author)

This collection contains ten articles, the first four of them dealing with the antiquity of distillation process in India which is central to the manufacture of alcohol. Written from different points of view they reflect the lack of unanimity among scholars and throw light on an important aspect of technology. The remaining six articles discuss the evidence of alcohol use in ancient India. Drawing on textual evidence from religious and secular literature, they unravel the lesser known aspects of life of ancient Indians and amply demonstrate how alcohol consumption influenced religion and art. They emphasize that neither the ancient Indians nor their gods and goddesses were abstemious teetotalers: evidence is plentiful to indicate that they were more bon vivant than we can imagine or give them credit for.

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About the author

D N Jha

Dwijendra Narayan Jha is currently professor of history at the University of Delhi. Professor Jha’s works include Revenue System in Post-Maurya and Gupta Times (Calcutta, 1967), Ancient India: An Introductory Outline (Delhi, 19977), Studies in Early Indian Economic History (Delhi, 1980), Economy and Society in Early India: Issues and Paradigms (Delhi, 1993) and a number of articles published in Indian and foreign journals. He has to his credit several edited works including Feudal Social Formation in Early India (Delhi 1987) and Society and Ideology in India: Essays in Honour of Professor R.S. Sharma (Delhi, 1996).

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Title Drink of Immortality: Essays on Distillation and Alcohol Use in Ancient India
Author D N Jha
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.07.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789390035212
length 278p.