Puritanical impulses have likewise surfaced in cultures removed from the old monotheist centres, and the ancient Buddhist revolution in India could be seen as a puritanical reaction to the background resplendency
. The edicts of Indian Emperor Ashoka (3rd century BC) give the flavour of a kind of Protestant Reformation within Hinduism.
Gulliver is later called upon to aid an insolvent government, and his plan involves picking the subjects' pockets: he calls the nobles' attention to the fact that Lilliput is "overrun with wealth," but that "the resplendency
, necessary elegance, and ease of aristocracy, is sullied and debased by those general errors.
and gloom--a cleft domain and equally we strive to read the twain.
in this triumph of evil over all that Sugar-Groove thought he was coming to see of the resplendency
of radiance, Sugar-Groove now was into the total rage, terror, and dangerous fear within the loathsome monster's eyes: the jails, butchery, and savagery locked away there, the heinous Herod, the heil Hitler, and the slaver's vows ...