Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal - Anna S. King

Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal - Anna S. King

The Hindu Religion and War

Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal - Anna S. King

Hans Bakker

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This chapter discusses the principle of ahimsâ, ‘not killing,’ which had originally little or nothing to do with how warfare was conducted and conceived in Hindu society. War was endemic in South Asia and seen as the right and duty of the Hindu king. Warfare was regulated by some rules, which were humane in some respects. Battle was sometimes conceived of as a form of ritual, in which the soldiers were the sacrificial victims.

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Bakker, Hans. The Hindu Religion and War. Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 28-40 Mar 2007. ISBN 9781845531690. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=21446. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.21446. Mar 2007

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