One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of an Iranian dynasty which invaded the Indian subcontinent and established a powerful empire in the north-west between the 1st and 3rd centuries AD.
- ‘This journey would turn into an epic passage involving many tense battles against the forces of the government seeking to stop the Kushan from reaching and claiming their ancestral birthright.’
- ‘Many conquests later, the Kushans, a nomadic people from China, swept through central Asia and turned south into the Buddhist districts centered on Gandhara, including Udyana (the Swat Valley) where tantric Buddhism had taken root.’
- ‘In the Far East, coinage developed in India in the 5th century BC through contacts with Persian coinage by Mauryans and Kushans.’
- ‘Most believe Rajputs come from tribes in central Asia such as the Parthians, Kushans, Shakas, and Huns.’
- ‘But, over the centuries, Persians, Greeks, Parthians, Kushans, and White Huns invaded India.’
Relating to the Kushan or their dynasty.
- ‘Sanghol, is a multi-period site with evidence of late Harappan Bara culture and Sunga, Kushan, Gupta and Medieval periods.’
- ‘Remains of Mauryan, Kushan, and Gupta periods have also been found.’
- ‘The jewellery of the Kushan and Mauryan periods shows distinct Greek touches.’
- ‘Territorially the empire stretched from the Syrian desert, where Roman pressure was checked, to north-west India where the Kushan and Hephthalite empires, having restricted valuable trade routes, were eventually destroyed.’
- ‘During the time of Kaniska, the Kushan king in fourth century AD, Gandhara became a Buddhist country.’
From Prakrit kuṣāṇa (adjective), from Iranian.
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