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The Significance of Ancient Indian History

R.S. Sharma

in India’s Ancient Past

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195687859
eISBN:
9780199080366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195687859.003.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

Many races and tribes intermingled in early India. A significant attribute of ancient Indian culture has been the commingling of cultural elements from the north and south, and from the east and ... More


Greek Buddha: Pyrrho's Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia

Christopher I. Beckwith

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176321
eISBN:
9781400866328
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176321.001.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

Pyrrho of Elis went with Alexander the Great to Central Asia and India during the Greek invasion and conquest of the Persian Empire in 334–324 BC. There he met with early Buddhist masters. This book ... More


Karma

Johannes Bronkhorst

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Karma has become a household word in the modern world, where it is associated with the belief in rebirth determined by one's deeds in earlier lives. This belief was and is widespread in the Indian ... More


Concluding Reflections

Dagmar Wujastyk

in Well-Mannered Medicine: Medical Ethics and Etiquette in Classical Ayurveda

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199856268
eISBN:
9780199950560
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856268.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

In the concluding reflections, the research findings of the preceding chapters are summarized. The position of ayurvedic ethics within a broader South Asian context are discussed, arguing that ... More


Transfer of Merit

Johannes Bronkhorst

in Karma

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines a variant of karma: the notion of gaining merit through transfer and of incurring demerit. The belief in transferring merit to deceased ancestors may have absorbed elements from ... More


Concluding Comments

Johannes Bronkhorst

in Karma

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This book concludes with a discussion of the scheme of rebirth and karmic retribution in India. It first looks at developments outside the Indian subcontinent, focusing on the belief in reincarnation ... More


The Dawn of History in the Deep South

R.S. Sharma

in India’s Ancient Past

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195687859
eISBN:
9780199080366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195687859.003.0022
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

The area of cultivable land used by megalithic people was very limited, and they generally did not settle on the plains or lowlands. The southern end of the Indian peninsula situated south of the ... More


Legacy in Science and Civilization

R.S. Sharma

in India’s Ancient Past

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195687859
eISBN:
9780199080366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195687859.003.0033
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

Brahmanism or Hinduism was the dominant religion in early India and affected the development of art, literature, and society. India also gave rise to Jainism and Buddhism. Although Christianity came ... More


The Snake and the Mongoose: The Emergence of Identity in Early Indian Religion

Nathan McGovern

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190640798
eISBN:
9780190640828
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190640798.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This book turns the commonly accepted model of the origins of the early Indian religions on its head. Since the beginning of modern Indology in the 19th century, the relationship between the major ... More


Sites of World-Making: Ideology and Contestations

Mohammad Talib

in Writing Labour: Stone Quarry Workers in Delhi

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780198067719
eISBN:
9780199080083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198067719.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter focuses on three Delhi sites of world-making, each acting as a site of an implicit, largely symbolic politics: the stone quarry workers' children's school, the workers' temple, and the ... More


The Sacrificial Imaginary: Indic Traditions

Gavin Flood

in Religion and the Philosophy of Life

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198836124
eISBN:
9780191873478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198836124.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines the vitalism entailed in Vedic sacrifice, the Axial transformation of that theme in the Upaniṣads, and the philosophies that attempted to categorize and analyse life into ... More


Introduction

David Mosse

in The Saint in the Banyan Tree: Christianity and Caste Society in India

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780520253162
eISBN:
9780520953970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253162.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

The introduction sets out the objectives and overall framework of this book as a contribution to the anthropology of Christianity while showing how the approach and conceptual apparatus used derives ... More


A Nuclear Paradise

Raminder Kaur

in Kudankulam: The Story of an Indo-Russian Nuclear Power Plant

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780199498710
eISBN:
9780199099986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199498710.003.0002
Subject:
History, Indian History

Chapter 2 grounds the study in an exploration of the ecological, material, and social contours of the region. It focuses on the backstories of Kudankulam as the site for a nuclear plant and the ... More


Karma in Brahmanism

Johannes Bronkhorst

in Karma

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines karma according to Brahmanism. One of the most central claims of Brahmanism is that there is a hierarchical order of human beings. There is a fundamental division into four ... More


Competitors of Karma

Johannes Bronkhorst

in Karma

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines concepts that oppose the notion of karma. The importance of karma is emphasized in texts belonging to both Brahmanism and Buddhism, including the Padma Purana and the Buddhist ... More


From One Life to the Next

Johannes Bronkhorst

in Karma

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines the mental state at the precise moment of death according to Jainism, Buddhism, and the Brahmanical tradition. The mental state at the precise moment of death is widely believed ... More


Mae Naak and Phra Ram: Keeping Company on the Contemporary Thai Stage

Catherine Diamond

in Communities of Imagination: Contemporary Southeast Asian Theatres

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835842
eISBN:
9780824871840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835842.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter discusses how Mae Naak and Phra Ram—characters who exist in parallel worlds, yet on some level must intertwine—both appear prominently in Thai theatre. Mae Naak is a local female ... More


Sustainability of the Postmortem Cult

Orianne Aymard

in When a Goddess Dies: Worshipping Ma Anandamayi after Her Death

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199368617
eISBN:
9780199368648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368617.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter 5 focuses on the institutional aspect of the guru’s postmortem cult. It looks at the process of routinization with regard to the guru’s charisma following his or her death; that is to say the ... More


Anattā in the Pali Canon

Hugh Nicholson

in The Spirit of Contradiction in Christianity and Buddhism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780190455347
eISBN:
9780190455361
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190455347.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter argues that the classic No-self doctrine was likely a development of early Buddhist teaching. This hypothesis challenges two views from the polarized debate in modern Buddhology over the ... More


Conclusion

Marko Geslani

in Rites of the God-King: 'Sānti and Ritual Change in Early Hinduism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780190862886
eISBN:
9780190862916
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190862886.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The conclusion reviews how a history of śānti rituals complicates our sense of the relationship between Vedism and Hinduism. Despite the drammatic religious changes that took hold in the post-Vedic ... More


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