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Assimilation of Brahmanism into Buddhism

An Iconographic Overview by: Sampa Biswas

It has its focus on Buddhism and Buddhist art of early medieval period in India. The introduction of Tantrism bought Buddhism and Brahmanism closer to each other, both in enmity and similarity. It opened the gate to the vast field of Buddhist iconography, Tantric practices, deities, mudras and mandalas.

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ISBN: 9788124609286
Year Of Publication: 2018
Edition: 1st
Pages : xix, 270
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography, Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 850

Overview

Assimilation of Brahmanism into Buddhism is a research work on Buddhism and Buddhist art of early medieval period in India. Archaeological materials and literary records suggest that Buddhism had a continuous existence during the third century bce to the thirteenth century ce in India. Though early Buddhism was totally different in its doctrines and faith from the Brahmanical system, the Buddhism of today is a religio-philosophical system having assimilated and adopted new ideas and beliefs from the environment in which it was born and nurtured.
The introduction of Tantrism bought Buddhism and Brahmanism closer to each other. It opened the gate to the vast field of Buddhist iconography along with Tantric practices, deities, mudras and mandalas. Many of these were influenced by the Brahmanic idea of godhead and some were the combination of one or more ideas of Brahmanic divinities. There was assimilation of a number of factors between Brahmanism and Buddhism.
This scholarly volume addresses the different aspects of this assimilation process by getting into a historical study of Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhism; outlining the political history, and socio-economic and religious changes during 300–700 ce; scanning the political and economic background and the spreading of esoteric Buddhism; emergence of Vajrayana Buddhism; and providing a detailed sketch of Vajrayana images.

Contents

Preface
List of Plates
Introduction
1. Historical Study: Hinayana and Mahayana
2. Outline of Political History, Socio-Economic and Religious Changes in India from 300–700 ce: The Transition Period
3. Political and Economic Background and the Spread of Esoteric Buddhism in Early Medieval Period India
4. Emergence of Vajrayana
5. Vajrayana Images
6. Conclusion
Glossary of Buddhist Terms
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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Dr Sampa Biswas has done her Ph.D. in Art History from Kala Bhawan, Santiniketan, West Bengal. She is the author of scholarly papers and studies on Japanese Art, Central Asia, including the book Indian Influence on the Art of Japan (2010). At present she is teaching Art of China and Japan, Buddhist Art of Central Asia, and Art of South-East Asia in the Department of History of Art, National Museum Institute, New Delhi, as a visiting scholar.
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