The Lion Capital of an Ashoka Pillar, Mauryan Empire, 268-232 BC. It is now the National Emblem of India for representing the first Pan-Indian Empire [336x599].
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Lion Capital of Ashoka - Unknown Artist - 250 BCE
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4 devil fruits

If you look at the blackbeard flag, it seems that there are three skulls and 4 bones. This makes people assume that Blackbeard is somehow three people in one or has three souls or something of that sort.

It is widely believed that he will have 3 devil fruits, one of each kind. This also makes sense.

I just propose that we look at things a bit differently.

The emblem of India shows three lions side to side. And it may be easy to assume that really is the case, however the emblem is based on a statue called the Lion Capital of Ashoka, which actually has 4 lions. One of the lion is simply out of the 2D view.

Emblem of India

Lion capital

So what if BB's flag is just a 2D representation of the 4 skulls? Maybe he can have 4 fruits that way.

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What does Indiaโ€™s national motto (Satyameva Jayathe) mean to you?

"Satyameva Jayate" (Sanskrit: เคธเคคเฅเคฏเคฎเฅ‡เคต เคœเคฏเคคเฅ‡ satyam-eva jayate; lit. "Truth alone triumphs.") is a mantra from the Mundaka Upanishad.

The full version of the mantra is: โ€œTruth alone wins, not untruth. By truth is laid out the divine path, which the seers who are free from desires, reach to the supreme abode of truth.โ€

It is inscribed in script at the base of the national emblem. The emblem and the words "Satyameva Jayate" are inscribed on one side of all Indian currency. The emblem is an adaptation of the Lion Capital of Ashoka as well as all currency notes and national documents.

What does Indiaโ€™s motto mean to you? Do you think it accurately reflects Indian society? Why or why not? How can society be adapted to fulfill the motto if possible?

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Scratching the surface of the Indian "Cultural Layer"

Alambagh palace

Pun Intended. I had been meaning to look closer at the architecture and possible "cultural layer" of India after researching orthodox cathedrals for a while and finding them similar in dimension and layout to many temples in India. Upon turning my sights to India boy howdy there is some interesting layers here. I'll continue my research and update this post as I go.


Chattar Manzil

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[The room was recovered at the depth of around 20 feet beneath the historic building. Officials said the excavation would continue till they reached the f

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"I take Refuge in Dharma"

The conversion of Asoka into the sect of the Buddha brought about many changes. Renouncing all war, he strove to give a better life to his subjects.

"My subjects are my children", he declared, "their well being is the well-being of the empire."

A system of highways was built all across the empire, connecting one all cities to each other. The roads would be lined with trees and there would be shelters for travelers everywhere. Hospitals and medical centers would be constructed in the cities where treatment for any aliment would be provided for free.

All religions would be welcome in his dominion but care would be taken to make sure that all heard the Voice of the Buddha.

The needles killing of animals would be forbidden and transgressors punished.

A reorganisation of the economic systems were initiated, the administration streamlined and a local court of justice established. The emperor's touch would be felt as a father's admonition. On the emperor's birthday, prisoners of good con

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Lion Capital of Sarnath

One of the most important symbols of the Republic of India the Lion capital of Sarnath is discussed in this interesting article.

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Lion Capitol of Ashoka. Originally placed on the top of the Ashoka pillar at the Buddhist site of Sarnath by the Emperor Ashoka, in 250 BCE. Also the official emblem of India. Sarnath Museum, India.[2667ร—4760]
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Did Emperor Ashoka really exist?

Note -: This is a repeat question that I asked a few weeks back. But I didn't get any answer. So I am reposting it.

I am from India and Emperor Ashoka Maurya is a known name here. Our national emblem comes from the Ashoka Pillars at Lion Capital found in Sarnath.

But I haven't found any conclusive, solid proof that Ashoka existed.

The only proof we have about him and his life story comes from the carvings on the stones in Greek language in which he depicts himself by another name and calls himself a benevolent ruler. Another source is the Buddhist texts which were written by monks centuries after his death and depict him in an exaggerated manner as a violent ruler who suddenly turned peaceful and adopted Buddhism and spread it across his whole empire. Both these sources don't match in their depictions of Ashoka.

These sources are unreliable and cannot be trusted to provide an accurate representation of a ruler who has been said to rule the biggest unified empire in India.

Also

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The last stand against the Left

It was raining outside. The swastik on the Great Aryavart Fortress was dressed and drenched in Gangajal.

Uttarmanav was resting in his watch tower. The 9th Bakchod Division had failed to report, rumour was that they were diverted by hot Paki women with cuckold husbands.

There was no sign of the Viraat Lungi Division either, maybe they were enslaved by the Saudis to pay back their debts or some of their members had defected to CPI. The reason was not known. Uttarmanav was left desolate.

Suddenly, in the distance there was a screeching cry. Uttarmanav inched forward and saw what happened to be the most horrific sight in all of history.

The sickulars were coming, along with them were the randians, the liberals, the commies, anti-nationals you name it. The horror.

In the centre was the unmistakably ugly face of the Supreme Leader of the 1st Randian Division, Cuckundhati Roy. To her left was her second in command "Defender of Democracy" aka Mamta Didi. They were not happy. Alongsid

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Empire of India Coat of Arms

Found this today while looking around on DeviantArt and figure I'd share this really cool arms with the group. It was created by the user AlexanderAbelard the blurb from underneath describes the British Empire in Exile in the Raj something very much like The Peshawar Lancers by S.M. Sterling very good read if you get a chance the Description Reads "With the British government's exile in India, a strange, mismatched society emerged. Democratic and monarchical; progressive and traditional; secular and sectarian, socialist and feudal; poor and rich; multicultural and colonial; oriental and occidental; the Indian Empire all these things--a puzzling mass of contradictions.

The imperial arms features the Indian escutcheon of a peacock in the first and fourth quarterlies, as well as those of England, Ireland, and Scotland. ย Supporting the escutcheon is the Indian Bengal tiger, collared with the Ashoka Chakra and crowned with the Imperial

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A Shipfull of Sneks

Arriving in your ports every now and then for some Market Monday antics and possibly also in various separate interactions as well, will be a ship of adventurous pirates merchants theyโ€™ve already landed in one Market Monday and spent a season in an interaction, and so I've written short backstories for the crew and just felt like sharing them with whomever might be interested.

Ship name: The Dawnbird

Captain: Shahin(Sesheer): Shahin was from the mercantile caste but failed to make a profit in her parentโ€™s business by the required age so is technically in the lower laborerโ€™s caste. To do better her parents married her off to a mercantile caste man, but he was a โ€œpoor conversationalist with more foul scents than senseโ€ so she stole his dowry, bought a cheap ship, and sailed away. She spent several decades fighting her way up, making money and contacts, eventually sold her ship and most of her money for The Dawnbird. And slowly accrued her crew. She's a shrewd busines

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Emblem of India

Who suggested the Ashoka's Lion Capital at Sarnath to be the Emblem of India ?

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Did Emperor Ashoka really exist?

I am from India and Emperor Ashoka Maurya is a known name here. Our national emblem comes from the Ashoka Pillars at Lion Capital found in Sarnath.

But I haven't found any conclusive, solid proof that Ashoka existed.

The only proof we have about him and his life story comes from the carvings on the stones in Greek language which depict himself by another name and calls himself as a benevolent ruler. Another source is the Buddhist texts which were written by monks centuries after his death which depict him in an exaggerated manner as a violent ruler who suddenly turned peaceful and adopted Buddhism and spread it across his whole empire. Both these sources don't match in their depictions of Ashoka.

These sources are unreliable and cannot be trusted to provide an accurate representation of a ruler who has been said to rule the biggest unified empire in India.

Also, despite being India's biggest ruler, he was forgotten for centuries and discovered again during the British Rule in I

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