Manu Smriti is also called Manava-dharma-shastra. Manu Smriti is not a part of Vedas and Upanishads. It is one of the ‘smriti’ texts. ‘smriti-s’ are otherwise also known as ‘dharma shAstra-s’. According to Brahma Purana, Shatarupa is regarded as the first woman to be created by Brahma along with Manu. Hindu mythology uses a story to explain Brahma’s four heads.

The Manu Smriti was one of the first Sanskrit texts studied by the European philologists. It was first translated into English by Sir William Jones. His version was published in 1794. This interest in its translation was encouraged by British administrative requirements, which they believed to be legal codes.

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Who was Manu?

In Hindu mythology, Shraddhadeva Manu (Sanskrit manuśraddhādeva) is the current Manu and the progenitor of the current humanity (manvantara). He is the seventh of the 14 manus of the current kalpa (aeon).