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Head, eyes, flesh, and blood : giving away the body in Indian Buddhist literature

Author: Reiko Ohnuma
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007.
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Head, Eyes, Flesh, and Blood is the first comprehensive study of a central narrative theme in premodern South Asian Buddhist literature: the Buddha's bodily self-sacrifice during his previous lives as a bodhisattva. Conducting close readings of stories from Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, and Tibetan literature written between the third century B.C.E. and the late medieval period, Reiko Ohnuma argues that this theme has  Read more...
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Ohnuma, Reiko.
Head, eyes, flesh, and blood.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007
(DLC) 2006019767
(OCoLC)70129161
Named Person: Gautama Buddha; Gautama Buddha.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Reiko Ohnuma
ISBN: 9780231510288 0231510284
OCLC Number: 137880156
Notes: Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.--University of Michigan).
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 372 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Illustrations; Tables; Conventions Used in this Book; Acknowledgments; Introduction; I. The Gift-of-the-Body Genre; II. Conventions of Plot; III. Conventions of Rhetoric; IV. DANA: The Buddhist Discourse on Giving; V.A Flexible Gift; VI. Bodies Ordinary and Ideal; VII. Kingship, Sacrifice, Offering, and Death; Conclusions; Appendix: A Corpus of Gift-of-the-Body Jatakas; Notes; Bibliography of Works Cited; Index.
Responsibility: Reiko Ohnuma.
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A study of the Buddha's bodily self-sacrifice during his previous lives as a bodhisattva. This book argues that this theme has had an impact on the development of Buddhist philosophy and culture. It  Read more...

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