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Greater Magadha: Studies in the Culture of Early India
Greater Magadha, roughly the eastern part of the Gangetic plain of northern India, has so far been looked upon as deeply indebted to Brahmanical culture. Religions such as Buddhism and Jainism areExpand
How the Brahmins Won: From Alexander to the Guptas
This is the first study to systematically confront the question how Brahmanism, which was geographically limited and under threat during the final centuries BCE, transformed itself and spread allExpand
Can religion be explained? The role of absorption in various religious phenomena
This article claims that the study of religion has overlooked a feature of the human mind that may yet help to explain certain aspects of religion. Awareness, it is here argued, can vary along aExpand
ETYMOLOGY AND MAGIC: YĀSKA'S NIRUKTA, PLATO'S CRATYLUS, AND THE RIDDLE OF SEMANTIC ETYMOLOGIES
Semantic etymologies are to be distinguished from historical etymologies. A historical etymology presents the origin or early history of a word. Semantic etymologies do something completelyExpand
A Note on Nirvikalpaka and Savikalpaka Perception
Some ten years ago an interesting discussion took place in the pages of this journal. It began with an article by Arindam Chakrabarti (2000) whose title betrays its inten tion: "Against ImmaculateExpand
Literacy and rationality in ancient India
The production and use of written texts in classical Greece began to increase rapidly around the early fifth century B.C.E., and accelerated tremendously during the course of the fifth and fourthExpand
Aryan and Non-Aryan In South Asia: Evidence, Interpretation and Ideology
Preface (by Johannes Bronkhorst & Madhav Desphande) Out of India? The linguistic evidence by Hans Heinrich Hock Hinduism as Indo-European: Cultural comparativism and political sensitivities byExpand
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