Ashoka stories and Buddhism

This story appealed to early Buddhists by highlighting the no caste system aspect of Buddhism. If a king is willing to bow down to monks from different castes unashamed it shows the different groups of Buddhists that everyone is equal and everyone must respect each other. In the story Ashoka scolds his scholar for being obsessed with authority and superiority. Early Buddhists would have liked this because in during this time period it was a solid caste system barely any room for movement and if a king says none of that matters it would cause most people to follow the religion.


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