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Buddhism

  • S. A. Nigosian

Abstract

In India, the sixth century BCE was a time of doubt about, challenge to, and rejection of traditional religious patterns. By this point, many Hindus had become disenchanted with a religion that emphasized class, sacrifice, and ritual, and some religious leaders surrendered their status in society in favor of the life of the wandering ascetic. Small religious movements formed about these ascetics, whose spiritual qualities appealed to many discontented Hindus.

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  • S. A. Nigosian
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  1. 1.Victoria CollegeUniversity of TorontoCanada

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