Wendy Doniger talks about shifting views of the lower class in the history of Hinduism

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Wendy Doniger [O'Flaherty] graduated from Radcliffe College, June 1962, summa cum laude, in Sanskrit and Indian Studies. She received her Ph. D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University in June, 1968, and her D. Phil. in Oriental Studies from Oxford University in February 1973. She has been a full professor in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago since 1978 and, since 1986, the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions. She is the author of translations of Sanskrit texts, including the Rig Veda (1981), the Laws of Manu (1991), and the Kamasutra (2002), as well as books about Indian myths, including Siva: The Erotic Ascetic (1973), The Origins of Evil in Hindu Mythology (1976), and Splitting the Difference: Gender and Myth in Ancient Greece and India (1998).