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The South-eastern Asia

Lesson 11 of 13 • 5 upvotes • 13:04 mins

Abhyudaya Kelkar

India had a strong trade relation with south-eastern Asia. It expanded greatly during the Post-Gupta period. As a result, that region came into the cultural ‘sphere of influence’ of India, or ‘Indosphere’, according to some historians. This was largely due to the spread of Hinduism and Buddhism in that region. Many Hindu-Buddhist states came into existence, both on the mainland and the archipelago the south-eastern Asia. Although their languages were altogether different from the Indic languages, the cultural impact of India in that region was absolute. Therefore, modern scholars call these entities, ‘Indianized States’. This lesson contains a brief description and list of those Indianized states, many of which remained in existence during the Medieval Period of India.

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