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Lineages and emerging exemplars and movements in ancient India

Hegarty, James ORCID: 2020. Lineages and emerging exemplars and movements in ancient India. Whitaker, Jarrod, ed. A Cultural History of Hinduism in Antiquity, Bloomsbury,

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James Hegarty presents five narrative case studies from Brahmanical, Buddhist, and Jain sources that situate the truth claims and legitimacy of each tradition in ancient lineages. He argues that each tradition deals with questions of authority by creating mythological narratives that connect ancient exemplary figures—teachers, priests, kings, and even gods—with the founders of each tradition or figures considered profound embodiments of their respective tradition. Brahmins, Buddhists, and Jains thus present competing accounts of the cosmological and historical past to secure patronage and legitimacy in a sociopolitical environment in which each tradition competed over limited religious and economic resources from 600-200 BCE.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: In Press
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 10:37

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