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Money of the Gods: The Religious Tokens of India

Shivdasani Conference 2007
Dr Sanjay Garg
Saturday, 20 October 2007 - 3:15pm

Session 6 of the 2007 Shivdasani Conference. 

Numismatics and archaeology have always had a close relationship. Still in the study of archaeology and archaeological concepts, the discipline of numismatics is often relegated to a secondary importance. Though the use of religious tokens in India is not embedded in antiquity, it forms a part of the living traditions. The paper aims at consolidating numismatic research done so far on this topic and analyse this data in the context of other archaeological remains such as monuments and sculptures as well as religious texts.
It also seeks to re-emphasise the importance of numismatic objects like religious tokens for studying the cultural and religious aspects of the social life of our people.