Buddhism and Socio-E...
Buddhism and Socio-Economic Life of Eastern IndiaWith Special Reference to Bengal and Orissa (8th-12th centuries ad) by: Bimal Chandra Mohapatra
This book is the first-ever effort to gauge Buddhisms impact on socio-economic life under the Palas in Bengal and the Bhaumakaras of Orissa.
Year Of Publication: 1995
Pages : 200 [+12]
Bibliographic Details : 21 B/w photographs; 4 Maps; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25 cm.
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.
List of Illustrations
Orissa During The Bhaumakara Period (8th-10th Century ad)
Bengal and Bihar During the Pala Period (8th-12th Century ad)
2. Position of Buddhism in Bengal and Orissa Prior to the Eighth
3. Buddhism in Bengal and Orissa
Buddhits Centres in Bengal
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 Indias Economic Condition