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Relics, ritual, and representation in Buddhism : rematerializing the Sri Lankan Theravāda tradition

Author: Kevin Trainor
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Series: Cambridge studies in religious traditions, 10.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author portrays relic veneration as a technology of remembrance and representation which makes present the Buddha of the past for living Buddhists. By analyzing the abstract ideas, emotional orientations, and ritual behavior centered on the Buddha's material remains, he contributes to the "rematerializing" of Buddhism which is currently underway among Western scholars. Professor Trainor's study reflects the  Read more...
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Named Person: Gautama Buddha; Gautama Buddha; Gautama Buddha.; Bouddha; Bouddha
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Trainor
ISBN: 0521582806 9780521582803
OCLC Number: 35657968
Description: xiv, 223 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Orientations --
2. Buddhist relic veneration in India --
3. Relics and the establishment of the Buddhist sasana in Sri Lanka --
4. Paradigms of presence --
5. Ritual and the presence of the Buddha.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in religious traditions, 10.
Responsibility: Kevin Trainor.
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This study examines the place of relic veneration in the history of South Asian Buddhism.  Read more...

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"A carefully researched and theoretically engaged study.... A first-rate analysis that belongs in every academic library with significant holdings on Buddhism." John Clifford Holt, Religious Read more...

 
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