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Romila Thapar

. Donations towards the building of a temple was one aspect of worship but more important was devotion to the deity or bhakti. The mythology involved in the creation of a particular deity and the ritual of its worship was often described in a text, one category of which were known as the Puranas. Part of the attempt was to relate multiple deities to a framework of cosmology, mythology and worship. Surya was one such deity. The silk-weavers may have chosen him because of his popularity in western India. Indian sources frequently associate sun-worship with Iran which

in Law, laity and solidarities
Mandeville and the Book of Genesis
Leo Carruthers

of park, garden or orchard, the Greek word itself having been borrowed from the Old Iranian pairi-daéza , ‘circumvallation, walled-in park’. 24 As for ‘Eden’ (not used at this point in the Vulgate or the Rheims/Douay Bible, but occurring in the Authorised Version and the Jerusalem Bible), it is a geographical name which at first meant simply ‘steppe’ or ‘plain’. 25

in A knight’s legacy