Mānava-Dharmaśāstra (book)

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The Mānava-Dharmaśāstra, also known as Manusmṛti or Laws of Manu, is an ancient legal text among the many Dharmaśāstras of Hinduism. It was one of the first Sanskrit texts translated during the British rule of India in 1794, by Sir William Jones, and used to formulate the Hindu law by the colonial government. The text presents itself as a discourse given by Manu and Bhrigu on dharma topics such as duties, rights, laws, conduct, virtues and others.