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Greater Magadha: Studies in the Culture of Early India. By Johannes Bronkhorst (Handbook of Oriental Studies, Section Two, India, Vol. 19). pp. xx, 420, Leiden and Boston, Brill, 2007.

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1 In Imagining Karma: Ethical Transformation in Amerindian, Buddhist, and Greek Rebirth (Berkeley/Los Angeles and London, 2002), Obeyesekere discusses theories for the non-Vedic origin of karma theories, but concludes: “I think it reasonable to ignore the problem of origins owing to the methodological impossibility of finding them . . .” (p. 14). Bronkhorst, on the other hand, believes that philological methods can be employed to solve the ‘problem of origins’ but the results are not decisive.

2 Olivelle, Patrick, Upaniṣads (Oxford and New York, 1996), remarks “. . . in reality, any dating of these documents that attempts a precision closer than a few centuries is as stable as a house of cards” (p. xxxvi).

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