New PDF release: Archaeology and Buddhism in South Asia

By Himanshu Prabha Ray

This publication lines the archaeological trajectory of the growth of Buddhism and its neighborhood adaptations in South Asia. targeting the multireligious context of the subcontinent within the first millennium BCE, the quantity breaks from traditional stories that pose Buddhism as a counter to the Vedic culture to realizing the faith extra integrally in phrases of dhamma (teachings of the Buddha), d?na (practice of cultivating generosity) and the engagement with the written be aware. The paintings underlines that relic and snapshot worship have been vital good points within the unfold of Buddhism within the zone 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 non secular go back and forth and pilgrimage that supplied connections around the subcontinent and the seas.

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

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