Q. 7

In which languages were Buddhist and Jain literature composed?

Answer :

a) Buddhist Literature, which included books like Vinay Pitaka, Sutta Pitaka, Shatta Pitaka, etc. were composed in Sanskrit-the language of the priests and Pali- the language of the masses.


b) Jaina Literature, which was written across a number of years and throughout the sub-continent, is composed mainly in Prakrit, but is also found in Sanskrit, Apbrhansha and southern languages like Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.


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