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Archaeology of Early Buddhism

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ISBN-10: 0759107505

ISBN-13: 9780759107502

Edition: 2005

Authors: Lars Fogelin

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How do archaeologists explore the various dimensions of religion? Lars Fogelin uses archaeological work at Thotlakonda in Southern India as his lens in a broader examination of Buddhist monastic life. He discovers the tension between the desired isolation of the monastery and the mutual engagement with neighbors in the Early Historic Period. He also sketches how religious architectural design and use of landscape helped to shaped these relationships. Drawing on historical accounts, religious documents, and inscriptions, as well as results of his systematic archaeological survey, Fogelin is able to shed new light on the ritual and material workings of Early Buddhism in this region, and shows how archaeology can contribute to our understanding of religious practice.
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Book details

List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 2/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: Archaeology and Early Buddhism
A Brief History of the Early Historic Period in South Asia
Buddhism in Early Historic Period South Asia
Religion, Ritual, Architecture, and Landscape
Thotlakonda's Archaeological and Environmental Context
Beyond the Monastery Walls
The Architectural Layout and Organization of Thotlakonda Monastery
Thotlakonda Monastery in Its Local Landscape
Conclusion
References
Glossary
Index
About the Author