Archaeology and Buddhism in South Asia by Himanshu Prabha Ray

By Himanshu Prabha Ray

This publication strains the archaeological trajectory of the growth of Buddhism and its neighborhood diversifications in South Asia. concentrating on the multireligious context of the subcontinent within the first millennium BCE, the amount breaks from traditional reviews 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 photograph worship have been very important beneficial properties within the unfold of Buddhism within the sector and have been instrumental in bringing the monastics and the laity jointly. extra, the writer examines the importance of the histories of monastic complexes (viharas, stupas, caityas) and likewise spiritual shuttle and pilgrimage that supplied connections around the subcontinent and the seas.

An interdisciplinary examine, this publication could be of significant curiosity to scholars and students in South Asian reports, faith, specially Buddhist stories, heritage and archaeology.

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