Cremated Like a King: The Funeral of the Buddha within the Ancient Indian Context
By Oskar von Hinüber34 pages
it is perhaps not so much the funeral itself, but rather the description which is so unusual and exceptional
The Mahāparinibbānasutta records funeral rites in more detail than any (even roughly) contemporary Indic text. This paper explores how far we may trust its description and what causes may explain its uniqueness in ancient Indian literature.