Kamal Sheel, Lalji 'Shravak' & Charles Willemen (Eds.)
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Book ID : 37245
ISBN-10 : 81-9082124-5 / 8190821245
ISBN-13 : 978-81-908212-4-7 / 9788190821247
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Edition : (First Edition)
Language : English
xvi, 318p., 23 cm.
The silk road presents historically the first instance of globalization. It witnessed not only exchange and flow of myriad forms of goods and ideas but also movement of traders, scholars and monks across the civilizations over a long period of time. It symbolized global cultural networking based on mutual interaction and incorporation. India was its significant part. Buddhism as well as its literature and art went from Gandharan area in India to China and Japan. This book puts together papers presented by European, Indian and Japanese scholars in an international seminar on "India on the Silk Road" held at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. Divided into four broad themes, its first two sections highlight the significance of Silk Road Studies for India and present some aspects of the Indian cultural connections to China through this route. The third section specifically focuses on the expansion of this cultural networking at the eastern most stretch of this route to Japan through introduction of artifacts in the Shosoin - the imperial treasure house on the grounds of the Todai Temple in Nara, as well as the process of absorption of Indian Buddhist sutras and rituals in Japanese society. Finally, a survey of recent Chinese sources and the introduction of the Indian Jaina sources provide useful starting point for further researches on the fascinating saga of this road.