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Title: The Yakṣa Cult in Mathurā during the Saka- Kushan Period
Authors: Takahashi, Takahide
髙橋, 堯英
Issue Date: 25-Mar-2018
Publisher: Rissho University
Abstract: The city of Mathurā prospered as the political and economic center during the Saka-Kushan period. The economic prosperity, especially under the Kushans, provided a safe cradle for various religious activities, like Jainism, Buddhism, Brahmanism, Hinduism, etc. In this small paper, we wish to take up the Yakṣa cult which originally developed from the awe the ancient people held for the power of life in trees. Many Yakṣa and Yakṣiṇī sculptures and reliefs were found in Mathurā. By studying these Yakṣa images, especially in the Mathurā Archeological Museum, by classifying them into major stylistic groups, and by describing the details of the examples of the each of the groups, we try to get some information on the nature of the Yakṣa cult at that time.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11266/6628
ISBN: 9784582474411
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