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Bibliography on Gambling (and dice games in particular)


Compiled by Robin Rinehart

Paul Bowlby (1991). Kings without authority: the obligation of the ruler to gamble in the Mahabharata’. Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses 20, pp. 3-17.

Harry Falk,  Bruderschaft und Wurfelspiel: Untersuchungen zur Entwicklungsgeschichte des vedischen Opfers. Freiburg: Hedwig Falk.1986.

Luis González-Reimann (2002) 'The Mahabharata and the yugas: India's great epic poem and the Hindu system of world ages'. New York: Peter Lang.

Handelman and Shulman, God Inside Out: Siva's Game of Dice (Oxford UP 1997)

James Laidlaw. Riches and Renunciation: Religion, Economy, and Society among the Jains (Oxford UP 1995)

David Shulman (1992) Devana and daiva’. A. W. van den Hoek, D. H. A. Kolff and M. S. Oort (eds), 'Ritual, state and history in south Asia: essays in honour of J. C. Heesterman', pp. 350-365. Leiden: Brill.

J. A. B. van Buitenen (1972) On the structure of the Sabhaparvan of the Mahabharata’.  J. Ensink and P. Gäffke (eds), 'India Maior: congratulatory volume presented to Jan Gonda', pp. 68-84. Reprinted in van Buitenen (1988, ed. Ludo Rocher), Studies in Indian literature and philosophy: collected articles of J. A. B. van Buitenen, pp. 305-321. [NB. For a critique of van Buitenen's thesis, see Renate Sohnen-Thieme(1999) 'On the composition of the Dyutaparvan of the Mahabharata'. Mary Brockington and Peter Schreiner (eds), 'Composing a tradition: concepts, techniques and relationships. Proceedings of the First Dubrovnik International Conference on the Sanskrit Epics and Puranas', pp. 139-154. Zagreb: Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.]

David Gordon White (1989). Dogs die. History of Religions 28, pp. 282-303.



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