Manu, semilegendary Hindu lawgiver. Traditionally ascribed to him are the Laws of Manu, best known of the Sanskrit smriti texts (see Sanskrit literature). They were compiled, probably between 200 B.C. and A.D. 200, from diverse ancient sources and provide detailed rules, presumably directed to Brahman priests, governing ritual and daily life. In particular they seek to validate and preserve the high caste position of the Brahmans.

See The Laws of Manu, tr. by G. Bühler (1886, repr. 1967).

Manu may refer to:


* Manú National Park, Peru
* Manú River, in southeastern Peru


In acting:

  • Manu Intiraymi, an American actor, best known as "Icheb" on the television series Star Trek: Voyager
  • Manu Narayan, an American actor, and lead singer of the band DARUNAM

In sports:

In other fields:

Religion and mythology

In Hinduism:

In Ancient Mesopotamia:


  • Manu, a genus of prehistoric birds accepted as ancestors of the albatross
  • Manu, a 1991 French children's animated television series
  • Manu, a character in the 2000 French adult film Baise-moi

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