This book examines the link between time and history in the Indian context. It debunks the concept of time as cyclic in early India and subsequently the denial of history. The book indicates the existence of linear time in Indian texts such as genealogies, biographies, and chronicles, where time-reckoning was recorded through generations, regnal years and eras. The volume suggests that cyclic time was used in cosmological contexts while linear time was used in historical contexts. It further argues that historical consciousness existed in early India.
|Print publication date: 1996||Print ISBN-13: 9780195637984|
|Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012||DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195637984.001.0001|