REL 340-02

*** MIDTERM STUDY SHEET ***

Midterm 1 week from today:

  • Terminology identification 5/7 (1 paragraph)
  • Select 1 of 2 essays

Mauryan Empire

Kalinga = modern Orissa

2 types of edicts

pillars too tall to read, local edicts were at ground level for easy viewing

Ashoka’s dhamma not the same as Buddha’s dharma

dhamma-yatra: dhamma officers

original Buddhist art aniconic: symbolic, not iconic (non-figurative)

many artistic & architectural concepts later borrowed by Hinduism

stupas: domes with relics of the Buddha, date to roughly Ashoka’s time

Mahayana, bodhisattva

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