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Religious Motivation and the Origins of Buddhism

Book Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism ISBN: 9780203994832 9780700716838 9780700716845 9781135788506 9781135788490 9781135788452 Year: DOI: 10.4324/9780203994832 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Sociology --- Religion --- Philosophy --- Science (General)
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Why did people in North India from the 5th century BC choose to leave the world and join the sect of the Buddha? This is the first book to apply the insights of social psychology in order to understand the religious motivation of the people who constituted the early Buddhist community. It also addresses the more general and theoretically controversial question of how world religions come into being, by focusing on the conversion process of the individual believer.

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