Smritis mean ‘those that are remebered’.
These are the orally transmitted Traditions of Hinduism, some them have been written.
The Smritis function as unwritten code of conduct.
They lay down Norms of Behaviour in the Society and also are advisory in Nature to kings and his subjects.
Smritis also reflect the social Life of the Vedic India down the Ages.
There are Eighteen Smritis.
These are also called Dharma Sastras,Rules of Righteousness.
The Laws of Manu are intended for the Satya Yuga,
Yajnavalkya ,for the Treta Yuga,
Sankha and Likhita are for the Dvapara Yuga and
of Parasara are for the Kali Yuga.
Read my Post Manu Smriti not for Kali Yuga.
The Smritis are long treatises in Sanskrit prose.
These were /are transmitted Orally .
To remember, them Hinduism had devised systematic Memorizing Technics called ‘Paatas”
A sample of This procedure,
- Forms of recitation included the jaṭā-pāṭha (literally “mesh recitation”) in which every two adjacent words in the text were first recited in their original order, then repeated in the reverse order, and finally again in the original order. The recitation thus proceeded as:
word1word2, word2word1, word1word2; word2word3, word3word2, word2word3; …
- In another form of recitation, dhvaja-pāṭha (literally “flag recitation”) a sequence of N words were recited (and memorized) by pairing the first two and last two words and then proceeding as:
word1word2, word(N-1)wordN; word2word3, word(N-3)word(N-2); …; word(N-1)wordN, word1word2;
- The most complex form of recitation, ghana-pāṭha (literally “dense recitation”), according to (Filliozat 2004, p. 139), took the form:
word1word2, word2word1, word1word2word3, word3word2word1, word1word2word3; word2word3, word3word2, word2word3word4, word4word3word2, word2word3word4; …Source.Wiki.