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Buddhism and Socio-Economic Life of Eastern India

Buddhism and Socio-Economic Life of Eastern India


Item Code: IDD099

by Bimal Chandra Mohapatra

Hardcover (Edition: 1995)

D. K. Printworld
ISBN 8124600544

Language: English
Size: 9.8" X 7.5"
Pages: 212 {21 Illustrations in B/W}
Weight of the Book: 575 gms
Price: $45.00
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With the revival of Brahmanical Hinduism sometime around the fifth century AD, Buddhism had been dying out in India. But paradoxically perhaps, in Bengal and Orissa, it saw not only its resurgence, but also a spell of its climatic glory- for the rulers of these Eastern Indian regions, during 8th-12th centuries, were the devout adherents of Buddhist faith. At the secular layers, the eastern India society of the times, as elsewhere in the subcontinent, was going through a period or transition: from the ancient to medieval.

This book look at the status of Buddhism in Bengal, Orissa, and their peripheral regions in Eastern India during 8th 12th centuries AD. Yet more significantly, it is the first ever effort to gauge the impact of Buddhism on contemporary socio-economic life, ruled by the dynastic families of zealous Buddhists, namely, the palas in Bengal and the Bhaumakaras of Orissa. Contextually, Dr. Mohapatra evolves indepth, analytical perspectives on pre-medieval religion, society and economy in eastern India drawing on wide-ranging sources: both primary and secondary.

Supported by relevant visual material, extensive bibliographic references, and a glossary of non-English words, the book is invaluable to the students/specialists of Buddhist studies and Indian history.

About the Author

Bimal Chandra Mohapatra, who holds Delhi University PhD is a one-time Research Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research and the Indian Council of Social Science Research.

An untiring researcher, Dr. Mohapatra is currently working in the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi, on a post-doctoral project relevant to Comparative religion. Which also involves him with the Taisho University and the Eastern Institute in Tokyo, Japan.

Preface 7
Abbreviations 11
List of Illustrations 15
Map of Ancient Bengal 17
Map of Viharas of Ancient Bengal 18
Map of the Bhaumakara Kingdom at its Height 19
Map of Buddhist Centres in Orissa During Bhaumakara Period 20
1 Introduction 21
2 Position of Buddhism in Bengal and Orissa Prior to the 8th century 41
3 Buddhism in Bengal and Orissa during Palas and Bhaumkaras Period 53
4 Society in Bengal and Orissa 93
5 Economic Conditions in Bengal and Orissa 129
6 Conclusion 159
Appendix 169
Select bibliography 179
Glossary 191
Index 195
Illustrations 201
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