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Haunting the Buddha : Indian popular religions and the formation of Buddhism

Author: Robert DeCaroli
Publisher: New York : Oxford University, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book Robert DeCaroli seeks to place the formation of Buddhism in its appropriate social and political contexts. It is necessary, he says, to acknowledge that the monks and nuns who embodied early Buddhist ideals shared many beliefs held by the communities in which they were raised. In becoming members of the monastic society, these individuals did not abandon their beliefs in the efficacy and the dangers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert DeCaroli
ISBN: 0195168380 9780195168389
OCLC Number: 53006857
Description: viii, 230 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Coming to terms --
Making believers --
Set in stone --
Ghost stories --
The politics of enlightenment --
Policing the monastery --
Passage from India --
Confronting their demons.
Responsibility: Robert DeCaroli.
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Drawing on fieldwork, textual, and iconographic evidence, DeCaroli offers a comprehensive view of early Indian spirit-religions and their contributions to Buddhism - the first attempt at such a study  Read more...

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