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Dynastic and institutional connections in the pre-and early Kusana period: New manuscript and epigraphic evidence

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This chapter discusses some historical and epigraphical issues concerning two important dynasties of the pre-Kuṣāṇa in the late first century B.C. and early first century A.D. The dynasties in question are the Apraca-rājas and the Oḍi-rājas, and the aim is to specify, as far as possible, their chronological, geographical and cultural contexts and relationships. It establishes a loose but still significant nexus of connections between the inscriptions and textual relics of the pre- Kuṣāṇa Buddhist kingdoms of the Apraca and Oḍi kings and the inscription on the Aśo-raya Buddha, involving onomastic, geographic, and terminological similarities. The chapter focuses on Gandhāran Buddhist culture of the Śaka period, at least as far as its literary production was concerned, at or around Haḍḍa in Nagarāhāra, which is the probable source of many of the newly discovered Kharoṣṭhì manuscripts.

Keywords: Aśo-raya Buddha; Apraca-rājas; epigraphic evidence; Gandhāran Buddhist culture; manuscript; Oḍi-rājas; pre-Kuṣāṇa period



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