Buddhist India

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1903 - History - 332 pages
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The present work portrays ancient India, during the period of Buddhist ascendancy, from the non-Brahmin point of view. Based on the literary, numismatic and inscriptional records, it throws light on points hitherto dark and even unsuspected. It presents a a detailed account of the socio-economic, geo-political and ethico-religious conditions of the country. It described at length the history of kings, clans, nations, vis-a-vis their role in the growth and spread of Buddhism. Reader get a clear perspective of the activities of Candragupta, Asoka and Kaniska--the principal characters in this performance. The Buddhist and kindred literature both in Pali and Sanskrit, with special reference to the Jatakas has been thoroughly exploited for this purpose. The book has fifty-six illustrations, an appendix, a short preface and general index.

Contents

The kings, The clans and nations, The village, Social grades, in the town, Economic Conditions, Writing-The beginnings, Writing-its Development, Language and Literature, Literature, The Jataka Book, Religion-Animism, Religion-The Brahmin position, Chandragupta, Asoka, Kanishka, Appendix, Index.

 

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Contents

THE CLANS AND NATIONS
17
THE VILLAGE
42
SOCIAL GRADES
52
IN THE TOWN
63
ECONOMIC CONDITIONS
87
WRITINGTHE BEGINNINGS
107
WRITINGITS DEVELOPMENT
121
LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE I GENERAL VIEW
140
LITERATURE II THE PALI BOOKS
161
THE JATAKA BOOK
189
RELIGIONANIMISM
210
RELIGIONTHE BRAHMIN POSITION
238
CHANDRAGUPTA
259
CHAPTER PAGE
272
KANISHKA
308
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