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The Two Sources of Indian Asceticism

Johannes Bronkhorst (Author)

This book argues that the Indian ascetic traditions have two independent sources, the one Vedic, the other non-Vedic. This point of view has been expressed here and there in the scholarly literature, but it has never yet been argued in detail on the basis of textual evidence. The primary evidence is as follows: Early Indian literature – primarily the Epics, Buddhist and Jaina literature – explicitly differentiates between two types of ascetics, who distinguish themselves from each other in their aims, as well as in various other respects.

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About the author

Johannes Bronkhorst

Johannes Bronkhorst was bown in 1946 in the Netherlands. Indological studies in Poona (Doctoratet 1979) and Leiden (Doctorate 1980). Since 1987 Professor of Sanskrit and Indian studies at the University of Lausanne.

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Title The Two Sources of Indian Asceticism
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8120815513
length viii+116p., Bibliography; 23cm.