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  • Buddhism and Socio-Economic Life of Eastern India

Buddhism and Socio-Economic Life of Eastern India

With Special Reference to Bengal and Orissa (8th-12th centuries ad) below

About This Book

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 climactic glory — for the rulers of these Eastern Indian regions, during eighth-twelfth centuries, were the devout adherents of Buddhist faith. At the secular layers, the Eastern Indian society of the times, as elsewhere in the subcontinent, was going through a period or transition: from the ancient to medieval. 

This book looks 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 (ad 750-1199) and the Bhaumakaras of Orissa (ad 756-c.950). 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.

  • Binding: : Hb
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124600559
  • Edition : 1st
  • Year : 1995
  • Pages : 200 [+12]
  • Size : 25 cm.
  • Series Number : 9
  • Weight (approx.) : 500
  • Bibliographic Details : 21 B/w photographs; 4 Maps; Glossary; Bibliography; Index

The series deals with *Ancient Dynasties/Dynastic Families *Battles, Wars & Warfare Techniques *Kings, Rulers & Other Historical Personages *Genealogy *Historic Events *Historic Sites *Historical Geography *Historiography *Historical Chronology * Historical Sociology *Epigraphy: Copper Plates/Stone Inscriptions *Ancient Coins *Catalogues of Coins *Sociocultural History *Indian Society, Polity & Political Framework *Caste Hierarchies *Cults, Customs & Superstitions *Fasts, Feasts & Festivals *Costumes, Coiffures & Ornaments *Status of Women: Social & Economic *Aborigines/Tribes/Ethnic Groups, and Other Critical Interpretations of Indian Culture/Heritage.

List of Illustrations
Orissa During The Bhaumakara Period (8th-10th Century ad)
Bengal and Bihar During the Pala Period (8th-12th Century ad)
1. Introduction
Historical Background
2. Position of Buddhism in Bengal and Orissa Prior to the Eighth 
3. Buddhism in Bengal and Orissa
Pala Age
Buddhits Centres in Bengal
Bhaumakara Age
Buddhist Centres
Evolution of Buddhism
4. Society in Bengal and Orissa
Society Under the Palas of Bengal
Society Under the Bhaumakaras of Orissa
Contemporary Indian Society
5. Economic Conditions in Bengal and Orissa
Bengal During Pala Period
Orissa During the Bhaumakara Period
Contemporary India’s Economic Condition
6. Conclusion
Select Bibliography

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