Indian culture in the days of the Buddha, by A.P. de ZOYSA

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Ja '7 cxplniuillg the rigllt Illode of li f(', •. 1 hell. 's his follo\\'en'l. his and wunderful! ' "1 " And when they hau thus sJloken, Ajiita-Sattll, the King, said to thc Blc~~d One: ' Most excellent, Lord, mOllt cxeellent! ernal forms, just even so, Lord, hns thc truth been made knowll to me, ill Inany a figure, by tllC Blessed Ono. "2 Megcf'lthenes gives /\11 interesting: reference to meetings in India: "The philosopher~ have tlll'ir bode iu It grove in front of the eity withill/\ moderate-siwd enclosure.

Vaggll. ~, rllIJ1S, cocb and quails, bonts at quarter-staff, boxing, WrcSUiIlg, sham figh~, forces urawn up in hnttlc array, manoeuvres, anu reviews Ilf the army. 'l to the parks and pleasuregardens, especially Oil holidays.! On sllecinl uCCllsions IJfOCell8iolls rOl\lld the city wefe arrangcd, 8 when numhers of gaily decorated elephants joined the procession. 4 'The visits of kings or nobles to the plcnsure-gardens with the ladics of the court was a graud spectacle. 5 The pleasure-garden~ were also places (If all\usement for children and anilllallovers, for Birds and animals kept there uscd to be fed by the visito~s.

There are constant references to seven-storeyed buildings. A hall was lIameo. " lhick Hall" because bricks were used for its construction. he pilla rs were carved out of stOllC. % The roofing in comTllon use wOl'l brick, stone, cement, straw and leaves.! h their decorated door-posts rind lintels, 4 8Jld the windows with railings, network, curtains and shutwrs,' cnhallced the external nppeatnnco of those IllHlicnt mansions. ttice-work. 8 Thc bnf>crnents of the housdl werc surrounded with fencing of brick, stone or wood.

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