Religious Traditions & Polity During Mauryan Rule Essay

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The note- worthy features of the con- ceptions and cere- monials. It is not probable, judging from the religious bent of the ancient Hindus, that their political thoughts, aspirations, and activities should have remained in absolute isolation from religion. As a matter of fact, they were mixed with religious feelings and forms in a large measure. This is manifest principally in (A) The conceptions of the State and its ideal, the monarch, the relations between the monarch and the people, &c. (B) Minor ceremonials (mainly Atharva-Vedic) for the promotion of the welfare of the State either directly, or indirectly through that of the king's welfare. (C) The politico-religious ceremonials of a more or less elaborate nature for the inauguration of the emperor, king, crown-prince, and State-officials to their respective offices, restoration to lost regal office, assertion of political power, and so forth. The conceptions and ceremonials were not synchronous in their birth. The former are examples of assimilation of political thoughts to religion, while the latter represent the inclusion of those thoughts within religious incrustations. Both represent the lines of touch between religion and politics, while among the latter may be noticed cases of

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