Malcolm wrote:Zhen Li wrote:This only lends further credence to the fact that our world taken as a whole is Jambudvipa.
The main thing which upsets this theory is that Ptolemy knew and mentions the Uttarakurus in his geography.
It is pretty clear Jambudvipa refers to India, before the Sarvastivadins got out of hand. They were competing with Jains and Hindus in the cosmology game.
Well that doesn't upset the "theory," because the theory is simply: what does the Sarvastivada Abhidharma say? The answer to that is not whether other uses of the terms contradict what the Sarvastivada Abhidharma says - that is wholly irrelevant to the question. The question as to what the historic source of these terms is, is also irrelevant to the question.
On a side note, I don't see how creating a cosmology which is highly cartoonish and unrealistic is in any way acting out of competition. They may simply be the natural evolution of ideas over hundreds of years, situated as they were within an increasingly vibrant and colourful society and religious community where, moreover, embellishment and adornment only serve to further one's accumulation of merit and further perfect the already perfected - making it more like itself.