Ancient Indian Geography in Buddhist Literature

Ancient Indian Geography in Buddhist Literature

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Item Code: IDG989
Author: Debarchana Sarkar
Publisher: Sanskrit Pustak Bhandar
Edition: 2003
Pages: 363 {9 Illustrations in B/W}
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.5" X 5.5"

This book represents the result of an exceptionally thorough investigation into the varied materials for the study of the geography of ancient India. The learned author has studied the Buddhist sources with a special emphasis. The Buddhist monks traveled all over India and the lands beyond the borders of India. Their geographical knowledge was very great indeed. The specialty of the Buddhist geographical accounts and references consists in the fact that they are based on reality. The solid experience of the Buddhist traveler on dusty village roads, in snow-capped mountains, across great and small rivers and about towns, villages and marts was very different from that of the Brahmanical mythologists, whose geographical account were often figments of imagination. The author's thorough study of the Buddhist accounts is highly commendable. She has excelled in the work of collation and verification of innumerable data, which are presented in seven chapters, each of which is characterized by admirable methodology and lucidity. The great merit of this book is that it creates a romantic feeling, a wonder all the while sustaining the accuracy and precision of sound historical research. The select bibliography would be useful to the researchers. I commend it to the discerning scholars.

Importance of the study of Pali and Sanskrit Buddhist Texts as Source of Ancient Indian Geography
Chapter I The Buddhist World Picture 10-38
Chapter II (i) Different Names of India
(ii) Shape and Size of India
Chapter III Regional Divisions of Ancient India 62-109
Chapter IV Physical Features of India 110-189
Chapter V The Mahajanapadas of India (Political Divisions) 190-224
Chapter VI Important Towns, Cities, Villages and Place of Buddhist Interest 225-302
Chapter VII Foreign Lands Known to the Buddhists as Mirrored in the Early and Later Buddhist Texts 303-321
Select Bibliography 322-340
Abbreviations 341-345
Appendix 346
Index of Important Geographical Names 347-363

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