Re: [INDOLOGY] jambudvīpa
david_buchta at brown.edu
Tue Feb 23 15:01:19 UTC 2016
I'd suggest looking at Michael Meister's paper on the Jambū, available here:
Therein (p. 110) he writes, "The earliest references to Jambūdvipa
surviving are probably those in Aśoka's inscriptions (Thapar 1973: 68,
199), 6 and certainly it is early Buddhism that makes much of this
continent's singular significance (Malalasekera 1937-38: 941)"
I hope this helps.
Lecturer in Sanskrit
Department of Classics
On Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 8:23 AM, Olivelle, J P <jpo at austin.utexas.edu>
> I got a query from a scholar not on the list regarding the term jambudvīpa
> for the Indian subcontinent. When is it first attested in the literature,
> Sanskrit or Prakrit? If anyone has an answer, she would be grateful. With
> best wishes,
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