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Influence of Buddhism

Author: Aleisha Olson
This lesson will discuss the influence of Buddhism on ancient Indian art.
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Terms to Know

Mauryan Period

One of the largest ancient Indian Empires during the 4th to 2nd centuries BC.


An important Buddhist king of the 3rd century BC India, known for his edicts, posted at the top of monumental pillars.


An important pilgrimage site where Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondonna.

Ashokan Pillars

Pillars inscribed with the edicts by Mauryan king Ashoka.


Orders commanded by an authority or supreme ruler.

Axis Mundi

In religion or mythology, the center or connection between Heaven and Earth; the point where communication can occur between higher and lower regions.


Not allowing images, or idols.


Image of Ashokan Pillar at Feroze shah Kotla, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Ashoka_Pillar.JPG;

Image of Detail of Ashokan Pillar at Feroze shah Kotla, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ashoka_Pillar_at_Feroze_Shah_Kotla,_Delhi_01.JPG;

Image of Yakshi with Fly Whisk, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yakshini.jpg