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"An authoritative paintings, Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas relies principally at the edicts of Asoka, whose rules are analysed opposed to the heritage of Mauryan civilization in the course of the 3rd and fourth centuries BC. This used to be the most vital sessions of Indian background which observed the emergence of a development that throws a lot gentle at the later advancements of Indian civilization. the writer bargains an  Read more...

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J. \ »p W 1 «M l UVl l j r s f W l C ’S f n r v V i i m f t t ? fM K » IW M U kV » n f U« *B a T U B M *anrf HV ait T •l| tc ’ doubted by some historians * The Mahutamsa states that she was eighteen years old when she was ordained * Certainly the story about her going to Ceylon so that the Ceylonese queen could be ordained appears to be some­ thing of an exaggeration Samghamittä may ha\e been Mahmda's sister and she may have been given this unusual name (‘the friend of the Buddhist Order’) owing to her mother’s piety, but it is not necessary that she should also have become a Buddhist nun when her brother was ordained, and that 1 T h e Alahavmrua refer» to Arsndhi rotta u h u chief queen and not to Devi.

FM K » IW M U kV » n f U« *B a T U B M *anrf HV ait T •l| tc ’ doubted by some historians * The Mahutamsa states that she was eighteen years old when she was ordained * Certainly the story about her going to Ceylon so that the Ceylonese queen could be ordained appears to be some­ thing of an exaggeration Samghamittä may ha\e been Mahmda's sister and she may have been given this unusual name (‘the friend of the Buddhist Order’) owing to her mother’s piety, but it is not necessary that she should also have become a Buddhist nun when her brother was ordained, and that 1 T h e Alahavmrua refer» to Arsndhi rotta u h u chief queen and not to Devi.

This view o f Eggermont would suggest either that Aioka had his own somewhat eccentric interpretation of the Middle Way1, or else that his conversion to Buddhism was in fact not a conversion m the sense of a sudden change of heart involving a violent emotional upheaval T o refer to a precise point during his reign as the moment of his conver sion to Buddhism u to overstate what actually took place Apart from, the 1 The Chronology o f the Reign o f A toka M ortya p p 86 144 ft 161 * See Ch I • T h u 1* a generally held opinion We quote here by way o f an example The Age o f the Nandat and M aury as p 200 4 ^’6« Chronology o f the Reign o f Atoka M ortya pp 69 ft 34 EARLY LIFE, ACCESSION, AND CH RONOLOGY very prejudiced Buddhist accounts, which may well have been coloured by later conditions, we have no real ewdence from this period of violent antagonisms between the various religious sects so strong that they would necessitate the disavowal of former beliefs on conversion to a new religion Some antagonism between the Hindus and the Buddhists there must surely have been, but evidence show's that at no time in the history of Hindu India was religious enmity so severe as it was for instance vn later centuries between Hindus and Muslims T he very fact that for the ordinary believer not wishing to enter the religious order there was no elaborate ritual pertaining to conversion m Buddhism as there is in Islam or Christianity would suggest that no great emphasis was laid on the actual act of conversion.

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