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Bentley | 28671 comments This is the ANCIENT SOUTH ASIA thread.

This thread deals with the following:

Vedic India · Maha Janapadas · Mauryan India · Chola India ·
Satavahana India · Gupta India


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Bentley | 28671 comments The Ancient South Asian World

The Ancient South Asian World  California Edition by Jonathan Mark Kenoyer by Jonathan Mark Kenoyer

Synopsis:

Learn about the history and civilizations from ancient South Asia through the study of a variety of archaeological discoveries.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments This book looks interesting. A bit different approach.

Old Myths and New Approaches: Interpreting Ancient Religious Sites in Southeast Asia

Old Myths and New Approaches: Interpreting Ancient Religious Sites in Southeast Asia by Haendel (no cover or photo)

Synopsis:

This book brings together the latest research by leading experts in their fields - from both mainland and peninsular Southeast Asia - who approach ancient religious sites from a range of perspectives and disciplines. The contributions cover sites from Burma, the early and Angkor-period Cambodia and Vietnam on the mainland to temples in Java and Bali, and subject matters from water and traffic management to usage of sites and the representation of sacredness in ancient texts. The book's three sections examine the interrelationship between the ancient religious sites and their wider surroundings, the actual physical remains, and the social relations to the surrounding community. The extensive range of sites and topics covered provide a detailed insight into the most up-to-date research approaches, and the book allows for a truly comparative, inter-disciplinary understanding of Southeast Asia in the pre-modern era. Through its exceptional approach, this volume will be invaluable to academics and students of historical Southeast Asia. (Monash Asia Series)


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments Early Mapping of Southeast Asia

Early Mapping of Southeast Asia  The Epic Story of Seafarers, Adventurers, and Cartographers Who First Mapped the Regions between China and India by Thomas Suarez by Thomas Suarez (no photo)

Synopsis:

Early Mapping of Southeast Asia follows the story of mapmaking, exploration and colonization in Asia from the 16th to the 19th centuries. It surveys Southeast Asia's geography and civilizations, its maps and their influence on Western worldviews, as well as the image of Southeast Asia in the eyes of its neighbors.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments Advancements of Ancient India's Vedic Culture: The Planet's Earliest Civilization and How it Influenced the World

Advancements of Ancient India's Vedic Culture  The Planet's Earliest Civilization and How It Influenced the World by Stephen Knapp by Stephen Knapp (no photo)

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This book shows how the planet’s earliest civilization lead the world in both material and spiritual progress. From the Vedic culture of ancient India thousands of years ago, we find the origins of such things as mathematics, especially algebra and geometry, as well as early astronomy and planetary observations, many instances of which can be read in the historical Vedic texts. Medicine in Ayurveda was also the first to prescribe herbs for the remedy of disease, surgical instruments for operations, and more. Other developments that were far superior and ahead of the rest of the world include: • Writing and language, especially the development of sophisticated Sanskrit; • Metallurgy and making the best known steel at the time; • Ship building and global maritime trade; • Textiles and the dying of fabric for which India was known all over the world; • Agricultural and botanical achievements; • Precise Vedic arts in painting, dance and music; • The educational systems and the most famous of the early universities, like Nalanda and Takshashila; • The source of individual freedom and fair government, and the character and actions of rulers; • Military and the earliest of martial arts; • Along with some of the most intricate, deep and profound of all philosophies and spiritual paths, which became the basis of many religions that followed later around the world. These and more are the developments that came from India, much of which has been forgotten, but should again be recognized as the heritage of the ancient Indian Vedic tradition that continues to inspire humanity.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments Historical Dictionary of Ancient Southeast Asia

Historical Dictionary of Ancient Southeast Asia by John N. Miksic by John N. Miksic (no photo)

Synopsis:

Anyone who has seen the stunning ruins at Angkor, Bagan, and Barabudur will readily understand why Southeast Asia is the host of so many United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization World Heritage Sites. As beautiful as the spiraling towers, intricate carvings, and delicate bas-reliefs adorning these monuments are, however, they just barely scratch the surface of the immense historical and cultural heritage of the region.

Covering the countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam during the period from the first to the fifteenth century, the Historical Dictionary of Ancient Southeast Asia helps us comprehend the vast and complex history of the region through a chronology, a glossary, a bibliography, an introduction, appendixes, maps, photographs, diagrams, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on the major (and many minor) sites, the more significant historical figures, the kingdoms they ruled over, the economic and social relations between them, and the artistic, cultural, and religious context.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments The Archaeology of Early Historic South Asia: The Emergence of Cities and States

The Archaeology of Early Historic South Asia  The Emergence of Cities and States by F. R. Allchin by F. R. Allchin (no photo)

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Cities and states developed in South Asia between c. BC 800 and AD 250, as Hinduism and Buddhism arose and spread. Drawing on archaeological studies and also on texts and inscriptions, this book explores the character of the early Indian cities, paying particular attention to their art and architecture and analysing the political ideas that shaped the state systems. The authors chart the development of the settlement pattern in the Ganges valley through to the rise of cities and the formation of the Mauryan empire and its successor states.

They also trace the spread of cities and states throughout South Asia to the opening centuries of the Christian era, offering an Indian perspective on the contacts with the Greek and Roman worlds that followed the invasion of Alexander the Great.


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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 9491 comments The Gupta Empire

The Gupta Empire by Radha Kumud Mookerji by Radha Kumud Mookerji (no photo)

Synopsis;

The present work describes the material and moral progress which India had achieved during the paramount sovereignty of the Gupta emperors in the fourth fifth centuries A.D. It traces the origin and rise of the ruling family to Srigupta (240 - 280 A.D.) and concludes with the reign of Kumaragupta III (543 A.D.). It discusses the spirit of the age and the various trends in the sphere of Religion, Economy, Society, Education, Administration, Art and Architecture.


message 9: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments Thanks, Jill. So many possible books to study and read. It seems the more I research, the more there is to study.


message 10: by Jill, Assisting Moderator - Military Hist L/Global NF/Eur/Brit/Music (new)

Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 9491 comments Isn't it the truth. I would love to know how many books there are in the world that we are missing......although I have certainly found a lot of them here in the HBC.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments Jill wrote: "Isn't it the truth. I would love to know how many books there are in the world that we are missing......although I have certainly found a lot of them here in the HBC."

That is a very good question. :0)


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments Searching For Vedic India

Searching For Vedic India by Swami Devamrita by Swami Devamrita (no photo)

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Deep in lost history, did high civilizations and advanced knowledge thrive? The ancient Vedic literatures of India describe a worldwide civilization that flourished at a time when modern historians insist that humans like us existed simply as hunters-gatherers. This Vedic civilization, centered in India, employed technologies based on a scientific understanding of the physical elements and froces we know today, as well as more subtle conscious elements.

The author, who has spent a lifetime in his own search for Vedic India , takes on a journey of intellectual discovery through the history of the remarkable Vedic civilization and its knowledge, locked in the ancient literatures of India. His wit and wisdom combine to make our search for Vedic India, not only the truths of Vedic India, but how they are again coming to be, This book thus takes us not only into the past, but into the future


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Bentley | 28671 comments Thank you gals.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India : From the Stone Age to the 12th Century

A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India   From the Stone Age to the 12th Century by Upinder Singh by Upinder SinghUpinder Singh

Synopsis:

Developed as a comprehensive introductory work for scholars and students of ancient and early medieval Indian history, this books provides the most exhaustive overview of the subject. Dividing the vast historical expanse from the stone age to the 12th century into broad chronological units, it constructs profiles of various geographical regions of the subcontinent, weaving together and analysing an unparalleled range of literary and archaeological evidence.
Dealing with prehistory and protohistory of the subcontinent in considerable detail, the narrative of the historical period breaks away from conventional text-based history writing. Providing a window into the world primary sources, it incorporates a large volume of archaeological data, along with literary, epigraphic, and numismatic evidence. Revealing the ways in which our past is constructed, it explains fundamental concepts, and illuminates contemporary debates, discoveries, and research. Situating prevailing historical debates in their contexts, Ancient and Early Medieval India presents balanced assessments, encouraging readers to independently evaluate theories, evidence, and arguments.

Beautifully illustrated with over four hundred photographs, maps, and figures, Ancient and Early Medieval India helps visualize and understand the extraordinarily rich and varied remains of the ancient past of Indian subcontinent. It offers a scholarly and nuanced¿yet lucid¿account of India¿s early past, and will surely transform the discovery of this past into an exciting experience.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments Poetry

The Absent Traveller: Prakrit Love Poetry from the Gathasaptasati of Satavahana Hala

(no image) Absent Traveller by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra (no photo)

Synopsis:

Reputed to have been compiled by the Satavahana King Hala in the second century CE, this is a celebrated collection of 700 verses in Maharashtri Prakrit, composed in the compact, distilled gatha form. The anthology has attracted several learned commentaries and now, through Arvind Krishna Mehrotra's acclaimed translation of 207 verses from the anthology, readers of English at last have access to its poems. The speakers are mostly women and, whether young or old, married or single, they touch on the subject of sexuality with frankness, sensitivity and, every once in a while, humour, which never ceases to surprise.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments South India Under the Cholas

South India Under the Cholas by Y. Subbarayalu by Y. Subbarayalu (no photo)

Synopsis:

This book explores different aspects of state-society interactions in medieval south India under the reign of the Cholas. Divided into two parts-Epigraphy and History, and State and Society-the first provides an in-depth analysis of Tamil epigraphy and inscriptions. While interpreting inscriptional terminology, it discusses the socio-economic milieu, merchant guilds, and other sociological aspects.

The next section traces the evolution of the medieval state, economy, and society. It discusses land surveys, Chola revenue system and sale deeds, and property rights. The author examines, in detail, the emergence of new organizations like Urar, Nattar, and Periyanattar, and maritime trade guilds, and social classes like landholders, cultivators, slaves, and the left and right hand divisions. The introduction contextualizes these essays in current research scenario and historiography and also provides a brief overview of the evolution of the Chola state and society.

This book will be of considerable interest to scholars, teachers, and students of medieval history, particularly those interested in south India, Cholas, and early medieval India.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments The Archaeology of Seafaring in Ancient South Asia

The Archaeology of Seafaring in Ancient South Asia by Himanshu Prabha Ray by Himanshu Prabha Ray (no photo)

Synopsis:

Himanshu Prabha Ray looks at the maritime orientation of communities of the Indian subcontinent prior to European expansion. She uses archaeological data to reveal the connections between the early history of peninsular South Asia and its Asian and Mediterranean partners in the Indian Ocean region.

Differing from traditional works on the subject, the book discusses maritime history in the broader sense of ancient seafaring activity, religious travel and political economy rather than focusing specifically on maritime trade and shipping.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments India: The Ancient Past: A History of the Indian Sub-Continent from c. 7000 BC to AD 1200

India  The Ancient Past  A History of the Indian Sub-Continent from C. 7000 BC to Ad 1200 by Burjor Avari by Burjor Avari (no photo)

Synopsis:

This carefully crafted study presents the fascinating story of the development and establishment of India’s culture and civilization from early pre-history through to the early second millennium.

Encompassing topics such as the Harappan Civilization, the rise of Hindu culture, the influx of Islam in the eighth and the eleventh/twelfth centuries and key empires, states and dynasties, India: The Ancient Past engages with methodological and controversial issues.

Key features of this illustrated guide include: a range of maps illustrating different temporal and geographical regions, selected source extracts at the end of each chapter, for review and reflection, and questions for discussion.

This book provides comprehensive coverage of the political, spiritual, cultural and geographical history of India, making it an enriching read for anyone with an interest in this captivating period of history.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments Between the Empires: Society in India 300 BCE to 400 CE

Between the Empires  Society in India 300 Bce to 400 Ce by Patrick Olivelle by Patrick Olivelle (no photo)

Synopsis:

This volume is the result of an international conference organized by the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas. Patrick Olivelle has collected and edited the best papers to emerge from the conference. Part I of the book looks at what can be construed from archeological evidence. Part II concerns itself with the textual evidence for the period. Taken together, these essays offer an unprecedented look at Indian culture and society in this distant epoch.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments The Absent Traveller: Prākrit Love Poetry from the Gāthāsaptaśatī of Sātavāhana Hāla

The Absent Traveller  Prakrit Love Poetry from the Gathasaptasati of Satavahana Hala by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra (no photo)

Synopsis:

The Gathasaptasati is perhaps the oldest extant anthology of poetry from South Asia, containing our very earliest examples of secular verse. Reputed to have been compiled by the Satavahana king Hala in the second century CE, it is a celebrated collection of 700 verses in Maharashtri Prakrit, composed in the compact, distilled gatha form. The anthology has attracted several learned commentaries and now, through Arvind Krishna Mehrotra’s acclaimed translation of 207 verses from the anthology, readers of English at last have access to its poems. The speakers are mostly women and, whether young or old, married or single, they touch on the subject of sexuality with frankness, sensitivity and, every once in a while, humour, which never ceases to surprise.

The Absent Traveler includes an elegant and stimulating translator’s note and an afterword by Martha Ann Selby that provides an admirable introduction to Prakrit literature in general and the Gathasaptasati in particular.


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Bentley | 28671 comments Thank you Kathy for the adds.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments A Heritage of Ruins: The Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia and Their Conservation

A Heritage of Ruins by William Chapman by William Chapman (no photo)

Synopsis:

A superb collection of photos, illustrations, maps and expert text describing the extraordinary variety of structures, ruins and artifacts scattered across Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and Malaysia. Dr Chapman's explanation is scholarly, but very readable, and he comprehensively describes the historical movements that produced this surprisingly diverse heritage of sophisticated architecture, art and ornament.

The photos and drawings in this book illustrate the steady progression of cultural development from the small, elemental structures of early history toward grand, expansive complexes composed of multiple structures that impress for their expressiveness, composition and sheer scale.

Dr Chapman's book is a valuable contribution toward bridging the void in our understanding of the seminal cultures and events in Southeast Asia that produced such great advancements in art, technology and architecture. Today we recognize the power that they wielded that permitted them to produce the impressive structures still standing, and we wonder about the customs and culture of their creators. This book goes far toward illuminating the sources and motivations of these creators and it illustrates the imaginative, beautiful, transcendent results that they achieved.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments India in the Chinese Imagination: Myth, Religion, and Thought (Encounters with Asia)

India in the Chinese Imagination  Myth, Religion, and Thought by John Kieschnick by John Kieschnick (no photo)

Synopsis

India and China dominate the Asian continent but are separated by formidable geographic barriers and language differences. For many centuries, most of the information that passed between the two lands came through Silk Route intermediaries in lieu of first-person encounters—leaving considerable room for invention. From their introduction to Indian culture in the first centuries C.E., Chinese thinkers, writers, artists, and architects imitated India within their own borders, giving Indian images and ideas new forms and adapting them to their own culture. Yet India's impact on China has not been greatly researched or well understood.

India in the Chinese Imagination takes a new look at the ways the Chinese embedded India in diverse artifacts of Chinese religious, cultural, artistic, and material life in the premodern era. Leading Asian studies scholars explore the place of Indian myths and storytelling in Chinese literature, how Chinese authors integrated Indian history into their conception of the political and religious past, and the philosophical relationships between Indian Buddhism, Chinese Buddhism, and Daoism. This multifaceted volume, illustrated with over a dozen works of art, reveals the depth and subtlety of the encounter between India and China, shedding light on what it means to imagine another culture—and why it matters.


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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 9491 comments Great adds, Kathy.


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Lakshmi Hayagriva | 43 comments Kathy wrote: "This book looks interesting. A bit different approach.

Old Myths and New Approaches: Interpreting Ancient Religious Sites in Southeast Asia

[book:Old Myths and New Approaches: Interpreting Ancien..."


Very interesting, Kathy. http://books.publishing.monash.edu/apps/bookworm/view/181/ has an excellent cover image and open access for those who are seriously interested in reading this book.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments India before Europe

India Before Europe by Catherine B. Asher by Catherine B. Asher (no photo)

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India is a land of enormous diversity. Cross-cultural influences are everywhere in evidence, in the food people eat, the clothes they wear, and in the places they worship. This was ever the case, and at no time more so than in the India that existed from 1200 to 1750, before the European intervention. This beautifully illustrated book takes the reader on a journey across the political, religious and cultural landscapes of medieval India. It is fluently composed, with a cast of characters that will educate students and general readers alike.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments Political History of Ancient India, from the Accession of Parikshit to the Extinction of the Gupta Dynasty

Political History of Ancient India  From the Accession of Parikshit to the Extinction of the Gupta Dynasty by Hemchandra Raychaudhuri by Hem Channdra Raychaudhuri (no photo)

Synopsis:

The object of the following pages is to sketch the political history of Ancient India from the accession of Parikshit to the extinction of the Gupta Dynasty.

The idea of the work suggested itself many years ago from observing a tendency in some of the current books to dismiss the history of the period from the Bharata war to the rise of Buddhism as incapable of arrangement in definite chronological order. The authors aim has been to present materials for an authentic chronological history of Ancient I ndia, including the neglected Post Bharata period, but excluding the Epoch of the Kanauj Empires which properly falls within the domain of the historian of Mediaeval India.

The volume now offered to the public consists of two parts. In the first part an attempt has been made to furnish, from a comparison of the Vedic, Epic, Puranic, Jaina, Buddhist and secular Brahmanical literature, such a narrative of the political vicissitudes of the Post Parikshita-pre-B imbisarian period as may not be less intelligible to the reader than Dr. Smith saccount of the transactions of the Post-B imbisarian age It has also been thought expedient to append, towards the end of this part, a short chapter on kingship in the Brahmana Jataka period. The purpose of the second part is to provide a history of the period from Bimbisara to the Guptas.


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Jerome | 3021 comments A History of Early Southeast Asia: Maritime Trade and Societal Development, 100-1500

A History of Early Southeast Asia  Maritime Trade and Societal Development, 100-1500 by Kenneth R. Hall by Kenneth R. Hall (no photo)

Synopsis:

This comprehensive history provides a fresh interpretation of Southeast Asia from 100 to 1500, when major social and economic developments foundational to modern societies took place on the mainland (Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam) and the island world (Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines). Incorporating the latest archeological evidence and international scholarship, Kenneth R. Hall enlarges upon prior histories of early Southeast Asia that did not venture beyond 1400, extending the study of the region to the Portuguese seizure of Melaka in 1511. Written for a wide audience of non-specialists, the book will be essential reading for all those interested in Asian and world history.


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Bentley | 28671 comments Thank you Kathy and Jerome


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments India: A History.

India  A History by John Keay by John KeayJohn Keay

Synopsis:

Fully revised with forty thousand new words that take the reader up to present-day India, John Keay’s India: A History spans five millennia in a sweeping narrative that tells the story of the peoples of the subcontinent, from their ancient beginnings in the valley of the Indus to the events in the region today. In charting the evolution of the rich tapestry of cultures, religions, and peoples that comprise the modern nations of Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, Keay weaves together insights from a variety of scholarly fields to create a rich historical narrative. Wide-ranging and authoritative, India: A History is a compelling epic portrait of one of the world’s oldest and most richly diverse civilizations.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments India: The Ancient Past: A History of the Indian Sub-Continent from c. 7000 BC to AD 1200

India  The Ancient Past  A History of the Indian Sub-Continent from C. 7000 BC to Ad 1200 by Burjor Avari by Burjor Avari (no photo)

Synopsis:

This carefully crafted study presents the fascinating story of the development and establishment of India’s culture and civilization from early pre-history through to the early second millennium.

Encompassing topics such as the Harappan Civilization, the rise of Hindu culture, the influx of Islam in the eighth and the eleventh/twelfth centuries and key empires, states and dynasties, India: The Ancient Past engages with methodological and controversial issues.

Key features of this illustrated guide include:

*a range of maps illustrating different temporal and geographical regions
*selected source extracts at the end of each chapter, for review and reflection
*questions for discussion.

This book provides comprehensive coverage of the political, spiritual, cultural and geographical history of India, making it an enriching read for anyone with an interest in this captivating period of history.


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments Life of Lord Mahavira - Jai Jinendra

Mahavira (599 BCE--527 BCE), also known as Vardhamana, was the twenty-fourth and the last tirthankara of Jainism religion. He was born into a royal family in what is now Bihar state of India. At the age of 30 he left his home in pursuit of spiritual awakening. For the next 12 years he practiced intense meditation and severe penance, after which he achieved Kevala or enlightenment. He travelled all over India for next 30 years to teach his philosophy which is based on Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya and Aparigraha. Mahavira attained Nirvana after his physical death at the age of 72. He was one of the most popular propagators of Jainism, and he is regarded as a reformer of Jainism rather than its founder.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eus49...


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2775 comments Mahavira: Prince of Peace

Mahavira  Prince of Peace by Ranchor Prime by Ranchor Prime (no photo)

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Mahavira is known as the founder of the Jain religion. His life was strikingly similar to the life of his contemporary, Gautama Buddha. Like him, Mahavira renounced his throne to seek enlightenment. His most celebrated doctrine, non-violence, was made famous in the 20th century by Gandhi, a student of Jainism. His travels and teachings are finely retold here, accompanied by original, full-color paintings. The Gentle Hero is a worthy addition to any library of the world's great faiths.


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Bentley | 28671 comments Thanks Kathy


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José Luís  Fernandes | 725 comments Buddha

Buddha by Karen Armstrong by Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong

Synopsis:

Books on Buddhism may overflow the shelves, but the life story of the Buddha himself has remained obscure despite over 2,500 years of influence on millions of people around the world. In an attempt to rectify this, and to make the Buddha and Buddhism accessible to Westerners, the beloved scholar and author of such sweeping religious studies as A History of God has written a readable, sophisticated, and somewhat unconventional biography of one of the most influential people of all time. Buddha himself fought against the cult of personality, and the Buddhist scriptures were faithful, giving few details of his life and personality. Karen Armstrong mines these early scriptures, as well as later biographies, then fleshes the story out with an explanation of the cultural landscape of the 6th century B.C., creating a deft blend of biography, history, philosophy, and mythology.
At the age of 29, Siddhartha Gautama walked away from the insulated pleasure palace that had been his home and joined a growing force of wandering monks searching for spiritual enlightenment during an age of upheaval. Armstrong traces Gautama's journey through yoga and asceticism and grounds it in the varied religious teachings of the time. In many parts of the world during this so-called axial age, new religions were developing as a response to growing urbanization and market forces. Yet each shared a common impulse--they placed faith increasingly on the individual who was to seek inner depth rather than magical control. Taoism and Confucianism, Hinduism, monotheism in the Middle East and Iran, and Greek rationalism were all emerging as Gautama made his determined way towards enlightenment under the boddhi tree and during the next 45 years that he spent teaching along the banks of the Ganges. Armstrong, in her intelligent and clarifying style, is quick to point out the Buddha's relevance to our own time of transition, struggle, and spiritual void in both his approach--which was based on skepticism and empiricism--and his teachings.

Despite the lack of typical historical documentation, Armstrong has written a rich and revealing description of both a unique time in history and an unusual man. Buddha is a terrific primer for those interested in the origins and fundamentals of Buddhism.


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Bentley | 28671 comments You may want to add the above book in the History of Religions folder and the Buddhism thread.


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José Luís  Fernandes | 725 comments Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization

Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization by Jonathan Mark Kenoyer by Jonathan Mark Kenoyer (no photo)

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This text presents and synthesizes recent archaeological information on the Indus Valley civilization that has emerged over the last two decades.


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Samanta   (Almacubana) | 299 comments Art Of Ancient India

Art Of Ancient India by Susan L. Huntington by Susan L. Huntington (no photo)

Synopsis:

To scholars in the field, the need for an up-to-date overview of the art of South Asia has been apparent for decades. Although many regional and dynastic genres of Indic art are fairly well understood, the broad, overall representation of India's centuries of splendor has been lacking. The Art of Ancient India is the result of the authors' aim to provide such a synthesis. Noted expert Sherman E. Lee has commented: "Not since Coomaraswamy's History of Indian and Indonesian Art (1927) has there been a survey of such completeness." Indeed, this work restudies and reevaluates every frontier of ancient Indic art from its prehistoric roots up to the period of Muslim rule, from the Himalayan north to the tropical south, and from the earliest extant writings through the most modern scholarship on the subject.

This dynamic survey—generously complemented with 775 illustrations, including 48 in full color and numerous architectural ground plans, and detailed maps and fine drawings, and further enhanced by its guide to Sanskrit, copious notes, extensive bibliography, and glossary of South Asian art terms—is the most comprehensive and most fully illustrated study of South Asian art available. The works and monuments included in this volume have been selected not only for their artistic merit but also in order to both provide general coverage and include transitional works that furnish the key to an all-encompassing view of the art.

An outstanding portrayal of ancient India's highest intellectual and technical achievements, this volume is written for many audiences: scholars, for whom it provides an up-to-date background against which to examine their own areas of study; teachers and students of college level, for whom it supplies a complete summary of and a resource for their own deeper investigations into Indic art; and curious readers, for whom it gives a broad-based introduction to this fascinating area of world art. An immensely important contribution to the scholarship on South Asian art, this fresh and enlightening survey is surely destined to become the standard reference in the field.


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Bentley | 28671 comments Thank you Samanta


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José Luís  Fernandes | 725 comments The Greeks in Bactria and India

The Greeks In Bactria & India by W.W. Tarn by W.W. Tarn (no photo)

Synopsis:

Written by a highly regarded scholar in the field, this is the first published study on the Greek kingdoms of Bactria and India that treats them as Hellenistic states. The book begins with an overview of the Seleucid settlement, providing a background to the relations between Greeks and Asiatics after the death of Alexander the Great. Covering the period from 206 to 145 BCE, the book analyses the reigns of Euthydemus I, Demetrius I and Menander I, and explains how they accomplished Alexander's dream of co-operation instead of domination in the eastern provinces. Tarn's work examines this little-discussed topic and presents it to the reader in a clear and accessible style, making this a great scholarly contribution that remains unsurpassed in breadth and depth. The second edition from 1966 (reissued here) includes an Addendum explaining the further discoveries since the work was first published in 1951.


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Bentley | 28671 comments Great Jose


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José Luís  Fernandes | 725 comments The Siren and the Sage: Knowledge and Wisdom in Ancient Greece and China

The Siren and the Sage  Knowledge and Wisdom in Ancient Greece and China by Steven Shankman by Steven Shankman (no photo)

Synopsis:

A comparative study of what the most influential writers of Ancient Greece and China thought it meant to have knowledge and whether they distinguished knowledge from other forms of wisdom. It surveys selected works of poetry, history and philosophy from the period of roughly the eighth through to the second century BCE, including Homer's Odyssey, the ancient Chinese Classic of Poetry, Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War, Sima Qian's Records of the Historian, Plato's Symposium, and Laozi's Dao de Jing and the writings of Zhuangzi. The intention, through such juxtaposition, is to introduce the foundational texts of each tradition which continue to influence the majority of the world's population.

The Odyssey by Homer by Homer Homer

The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides by Thucydides Thucydides

Records of the Grand Historian  Qin Dynasty by Sima Qian by Sima Qian Sima Qian

The Symposium by Plato by Plato Plato


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