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Remaking the Past: Identifying Sramanic Traditions from Kerala

Author(s) B.Shyama
Country India
Abstract For historians and researchers, reconstructing the glorious but hidden Jaina and Buddhist antiquity of the Kerala region has proven to be a great challenge in the absence of necessary sources. But its influence in Kerala society is unquestionable. A wide range of socio-economic, political, and artistic endeavours expanded heterodox faiths like Jainism and Buddhism throughout centuries and across numerous geographical regions, from the mid-Gangetic valley to Kerala. The contributions of the Jains and Buddhists to the development of society and culture in Kerala have not been adequately highlighted and integrated into the mainstream of Kerala historical studies, despite the empirical and conceptual advances made in Kerala historiography over the last two decades. The history of the Jains and the Buddhists was pushed to the back burner in favour of the major focus of Kerala history and culture, centring on Brahmin settlements and temple-oriented sociocultural structures. To understand the socio-economic aspects of the spread of the heterodox Jain and Buddhist religio-cultural groups to Kerala, my article suggests setting a few epigraphical examples from the Jain and Buddhist relics in Kerala against the backdrop of Kerala's medieval history.
Keywords Jainism, Buddhism, Brahmanism
Field Sociology > Archaeology / History
Published In Volume 6, Issue 2, March-April 2024
Published On 2024-03-23
Cite This Remaking the Past: Identifying Sramanic Traditions from Kerala - B.Shyama - IJFMR Volume 6, Issue 2, March-April 2024. DOI 10.36948/ijfmr.2024.v06i02.15097
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