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SECTION I THE 'DISCOVERY' OF BUDDHIST STOPAS IN COLONIAL INDIA 1. The Archaeology of Stapas: Constructing Buddhist 3 Identity in the Colonial Period Himanshu Prabha Ray 2. The Colonial History of Sculptures from the 20 Amaravati Stopa Jennifer Howes SECTION II THE STUPA AND ITS RELIGIOUS MEANINGS 3. Relics of the Buddha: Body, Essence, Text 41 Michael Willis 4. The Power of Proximity: Creating and Venerating 51 Shrines in Indian Buddhist Narratives Andy Rotman 5. Nature as Utopian Space on the Early Stapas of India 63 Robert L. Brown SECTION III THE STOPA IN CONTEXT 6. Narrative Sequences in the Buddhist Reliefs 83 from Gandhara Kurt Behrendt 7. Shedding Skins: Naga Imagery and Layers of 94 Meaning in South Asian Buddhist Contexts Robert DeCaroli 8. Stapas, Monasteries, and Relics in the Landscape: 114 Typological, Spatial, and Temporal Patterns in the Sanchi Area Julia Shaw 9. The Wider Archaeological Contexts of the 146 Buddhist Stupa Site of Bharhut Jason Hawkes SECTION IV WIDER SOCIAL, POLITICAL, AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS 10. Buddhist Ideology and the Commercial 177 Ethos in Kusana India Xinru Liu 11. The Urban Context of Early Buddhist 192 Monuments in South Asia James Heitzman 12. Amaravati and Dhanyakataka: Topology of 216 Monastic Spaces in Ancient Indian Cities Akira Shimada 13. Stfpa, Story, and Empire: 235 Constructions of the Buddha Biography in Early Post-AHokan India Jonathan S. Walters SECTION V THE REVIVAL OF A TRADITION 14. Remembering the Amaravati Stipa: 267 "The Revival of a Ruin Catherine Becker 15. What Makes a StCpa? Quotations, Fragments, 288 and the Reinvention of Buddhist Stapas in Contemporary India Jinah Kim