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Published: 03 January 2019

328 Pages


ISBN: 9780190640798

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The Snake and the Mongoose

The Emergence of Identity in Early Indian Religion

Nathan McGovern

  • First scholarly work on early India that abandons the meta-historical assumption of a dichotomy between "Brahmanical" and "non-Brahmanical."
  • Analyzes all three major early Indian traditions (Buddhism, Jainism, and Brahmanism), and makes use of all forms of written evidence, including Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, and Chinese
  • Useful not only for specialists in early Indian religions, but also teachers of world religions in general, as well as non-academic audiences (Hindu, Buddhist, Jain) whose narratives of identity are affected by the "Brahmanical" vs. "non-Brahmanical" distinction

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