By Himanshu Prabha Ray
This ebook strains the archaeological trajectory of the growth of Buddhism and its nearby adaptations in South Asia. targeting the multireligious context of the subcontinent within the first millennium BCE, the amount breaks from traditional stories that pose Buddhism as a counter to the Vedic culture to figuring out the faith extra integrally in phrases of dhamma (teachings of the Buddha), d?na (practice of cultivating generosity) and the engagement with the written observe. The paintings underlines that relic and photo worship have been very important good points within the unfold of Buddhism within the area and have been instrumental in bringing the monastics and the laity jointly. additional, the writer examines the importance of the histories of monastic complexes (viharas, stupas, caityas) and likewise spiritual go back and forth and pilgrimage that supplied connections around the subcontinent and the seas.
An interdisciplinary research, this publication might be of serious curiosity to scholars and students in South Asian stories, faith, in particular Buddhist reviews, historical past and archaeology.
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