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The introductory chapter of this book studies three important construction rituals of the Hindu tradition: the laying of the first stones, the placing of the consecration deposit and the placing of the crowning bricks. The book is based mainly on textual sources. The construction rites play an important role in Sanskrit texts on ritual and architecture. An interesting feature is that while the textual sources are nearly all Hindu, the material traces of construction rituals were discovered at both Hindu and Buddhist sites. The book also describes the relationship between the Hindu and Buddhist, the common elements and the differences. It provides the reader with an as complete as possible description of archaeological remains that can be associated with the construction rituals. Finally, the items deposited in the course of the three mentioned rituals are referred to as 'consecration deposits'.

Keywords: archaeological remains; Buddhist; consecration deposits; Hindu tradition; Sanskrit texts



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