Tryambakayajvan is almost certainly the famous Tryambakarayamakhin (AD 1665-1750), minister to two of the Maratha kings of Thanjavur. In the Stridharmapaddhati, Tryambaka summarizes for his eighteenth-century audience a tradition that was then already over a thousand years old. the treatise advocates conformity and Tryambaka is interested in women not as individuals but as parts that fit into and strengthen the whole. That whole, for him, is dharma. Thw work is, in itself, an admission of the power of non-conformist women to wreck the entire edifice of Hindu society. For, when women are 'corrupted', all is lost.
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JULIA LESLIE is currently Senior Lecturer in Hindu Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and Senior Member of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women at Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.