What are the political and social influences of Buddhism in Mauryan/Guptan India?

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The Mauryan dynasty is most famous for the ruler Ashoka, who adopted Buddhism later in life, cultivating the religion’s spread throughout India. Ashoka was a patron of Buddhist artworks; throughout his empire, he erected pillars engraved with his political proclamations as well as Buddhist writings of compassion. These pillars suggest that Ashoka worked to spread his beliefs throughout the empire. In this way, religion and policy likely became intertwined among people living under Mauryan...

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