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Kashmir
The region to 1947

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History > The region to 1947

According to legend, an ascetic named Kashyapa reclaimed the land now comprising Kashmir from a vast lake. That land came to be known as Kashyapamar and, later, Kashmir. Buddhism was introduced by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC, and from the 9th to the 12th century AD the region appears to have achieved considerable prominence as a centre of Hindu culture. A succession…


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