Buddhist - (270-230 BC). An emperor of India who became a Buddhist. Father of Mahendra, Mahinda and Sanghamita. He was regarded as the reincarnation of a poor boy who, having no possessions, offered a pile of dust to the Buddha, which was accepted. He became a prolific builder of shrines to the Buddha and a proselytiser of the new religion. Occasionally known as Ashoka, Asoka, Asoka, King Asoka or King Asoka.

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