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GARCIA, Roberto E.. The Sūtra on the Section of Hells (Narakaparivartanāmasūtra). Translation of the first chapter of the Buddhist work Mahāvastu. Nova tellus [online]. 2022, vol.40, n.1, pp.209-240.  Epub Apr 08, 2022. ISSN 0185-3058.

This is the first translation into Spanish of the first chapter of the Buddhist work Mahāvastu from the beginning of the Common Era, composed in mixed Sanskrit. “The Sūtra on the Section of Hells” (Narakaparivartanāmasūtra) offers descriptions of the eight hells, explaining the causal connections between the punishments and the behaviors that lead beings to experience them. The text stands out by presenting one of the oldest systematic arrangements of the hells within Buddhism, revealing the interest of ancient Buddhists in fashioning a meticulous and well-structured cosmography.

Keywords : Buddhism; Hells; Karma; Mahāvastu; Cosmography.

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