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Discworld Meets Roundworld

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The most important feature of a culture of Greater Magadha was the belief in rebirth and karmic retribution. There were other features, too, but these are not always easy to identify. Some of the chapters in this book have proposed funerary practices that were very different from the Vedic ones, the notion of cyclic time, and medical practices that were distinct from those current in the Vedic milieu. The other chapters discuss that orthodox and orthoprax Brahmins looked down upon the inhabitants of Magadha and its surroundings. This concluding chapter does not pretend to show in any detail how Vedic culture and the culture of Greater Magadha together contributed to the creation of classical Indian culture. It should however be clear that they did.

Keywords: Brahmanical culture; Greater Magadha; karmic retribution; Vedic culture



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