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Muṇḍa


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1 A king of Magadha.the grandson of Ajātaśatru, who followed family tradition and murdered his father to seize the throne, only to be killed by his own son later.

2 A large group of tribal people in India belonging to the Austro-asiatic ethnic group and, as such, their languages and culture owed little to the dominant Brahmanical culture of India. Although they may have been more widely spread throughout India in very early times, they are now concentrated in the hill tracts of Orissa, southern Bihar, and west Bengal. There seems to have been some input from these people in the development of tantric Buddhism but this connection has not yet been fully explored by scholars.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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