Ancient Indian Kingship From the Religious Point of View

@inproceedings{Gonda1956AncientIK,
  title={Ancient Indian Kingship From the Religious Point of View},
  author={Judith Gonda},
  year={1956}
}
In India the divinity of kings, however small their domain 1), has always been accepted by the masses 2). The bearer of authority inspires awe, fear or admiration. Wielding power and occupying a lonely post he is easily credited with special qualities. "They say that the king is a human being; but I consider you to be a god, whose behaviour, if it is in accordance with dharma (norms) and artha (political utility) is superhuman" 3). The actual conduct of public affairs lay largely with the prime… CONTINUE READING