chapter  6
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RELIGIOUS HISTORYAND RELIGIOUS CHANGE IN THE SANCHI AREA

In this chapter I will outline the key phases of local religious history and the changing patterns of religious patronage over the timeframe covered by the SSP. This provides the necessary historical and theoretical context for the newly documented archaeological data described in chapters 9-14. I will also discuss the main models of religious change that have hitherto been used to explain the ways that pan-Indian religions integrated themselves within the social and religious environments into which they arrived, and assess their applicability to the SSP study area.