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

Author: Robert DeCaroli
Publisher: New York : Oxford University, ©2004.
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Robert DeCaroli seeks to place the formation of Buddhism in its appropriate social & political contexts, by analysis of the early monks & nuns, what beliefs they brought with them from their upbringing & how the new faith offered them revolutionary new mechanisms with which to engage minor deities & spirits.
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DeCaroli, Robert.
Haunting the Buddha.
New York : Oxford University, ©2004
(DLC) 2003019860
(OCoLC)53006857
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert DeCaroli
ISBN: 1423720539 9781423720539 0195168380 9780195168389
OCLC Number: 61342173
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 230 pages) : illustrations
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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