Fa Hian's Account of India.
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IN' the last three chapters we have attempted to give our readers an account, unfortunately scanty and meagre, of some of the principal ruling dynasties in India in the Buddhist Period. But an account of ruling dynasties in" not a History of India, and it is necessary that we should try to form a more distinct notion of the numerous races which inhabited India, their chief towns, their arts, and their civilisation. Happily we have some material at our disposal to ,help u~ in this undertaking; in. the records of a Chinese' traveller who visited India about the
close of the period of which we are speaking. Fa Hian came to India 'about 400 A.D., and begins his
account, of it with UDYANA, or the country round Kabul, with which he says North .India commenced. "The language then spoken here was .the language of Mid-India, and the dress and food and drink of the people were the same. - Buddhism was then flourishing, and there were five hundred Sangha-drdmas or abodes of monks. He passed though SVAT, GANDI-I:A.RA, TAx~stLA, and PESHAWAR, in which last place he saw a Buddhist tower of remarkable strength, beauty of construction, and height.