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Evolution of Buddhist Stupas Along the Trade Routes of Early South Asia: With Special Reference to India and Sri Lanka

Rewant Vikram Singh (Author)

In the present book, the author attempts to examine the evolution of Buddhist Stupas along the ancient maritime and overland trade routes connecting India and Sri Lanka. The work highlights a close association between trade routes and the centres of Buddhist institutions, which are predominantly located along the trade routes. Along with the caravanas of the trades, Buddhisum and Buddhist artistic influences, primarily represented by stupas, travelled from India to Sri Lanka.

An interesting aspect of the stupas architecture is that it is definite and clearly identifiable, irrespective of the period of the country of its origin as it is prodeced as per the definite illustrations prescribed in ancient Buddhist literary sources. With time and space, the Buddhist art and architecture established an "Indian model," which with the expansion of Buddhism along the trade routes, came to be imitated by the other cultures of South Asia such as Sri Lanka. Over a periods of time, some local cultural attributes were also added to the Buddhist art and architecture to cater to aspirations of the varied cultures of South Asia. The stupa, the most archetypal object of veneration by the Buddhist tradition. In this book, an attempt has been made to analyse the concept of Stupa with regard to its origin, development and symbolism in time and space in South Asia, particularly India and Sri Lanka.

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About the author

Rewant Vikram Singh

Rewant Vikram Singh (b. 1975) completed his graduation (B.A. History Honors) & Post-graduation in History (Specialization in Ancient India) from Hansraj College, the University of Delhi, in 1996 and 1998 respectively. He secured first position in Hansraj College in M.A. Previous (1997) and M.A. final (1988). He has also been awarded certificates and prizes on successful completion of the “India: Art and Culture Course” and “Art Appreciation Course” from the National Museum, New Delhi in 1994 and 1995 respectively. He was awarded the M.Phil. Degree of the University of Delhi in 2001 for his study on “Settlement in the Yamuna-Hindon Doab: An Archaeological Perspective”. He is deeply involved in the study of various aspects of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology. He is also working on means and mechanisms of integrating Indian History, Culture and Archaeology with Information technology and computer science.

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Title Evolution of Buddhist Stupas Along the Trade Routes of Early South Asia: With Special Reference to India and Sri Lanka
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2017
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Originals
Language: English
isbn 8184541848, 9788184541847
length xiv+72p., 16 Maps; 37 Plates; 24cm.