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Cultural Interaction with Asian Countries

R.S. Sharma

in India’s Ancient Past

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780195687859
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080366 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195687859.003.0030
Cultural Interaction with Asian Countries

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Indian traders went to the cities of Mesopotamia, where their seals dating to the second half of the third millennium bc have been found. From the beginning of the Christian era onwards, India maintained commercial contacts with China, Southeast Asia, West Asia, Central Asia, and the Roman Empire. The propagation of Buddhism promoted India’s contacts with Sri Lanka, Myanmar, China, and Central Asia. Buddhism connected India with Central and East Asia, but Christianity linked it with West Asia. Indian culture was mostly diffused through the brahmanical cults. It would be wrong to think that religion alone contributed to the spread of Indian culture. Trade evidently played a vital part in establishing India’s relations with Central Asia and Southeast Asia.

Keywords: China; Asia; Roman Empire; Sri Lanka; Myanmar; Buddhism; Indian culture; brahmanical cults; trade

Chapter.  1871 words. 

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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