Buddha in the crown : Avalokiteśvara in the Buddhist traditions of Sri Lanka (eBook, 1991) [WorldCat.org]
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Buddha in the crown : Avalokiteśvara in the Buddhist traditions of Sri Lanka

Author: John Holt
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sri Lanka has one of Asia's most pluralistic religious cultures. From a study of the changing role played by one Buddhist deity in Sinhala religious culture, the author of this study develops a thesis about the mechanism of religious change.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Holt, John, 1948-
Buddha in the crown.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1991
(DLC) 90006835
Named Person: Avalokiteśvara, (Buddhist deity); Avalokiteśvara, (Buddhist deity)
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Holt
ISBN: 1429400048 9781429400046 0195362462 9780195362466 9780195064186 0195064186 1280524901 9781280524905
OCLC Number: 191936253
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 269 pages, 18 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: Preface; Contents; 1 Introduction: The Setting and the Problem; 2 The Relevant Historical and Doctrinal Background; 3 Ascetic and King: The Iconography of Avalokitesvara and Natha; 4 The Politics of Deification in Medieval Sri Lanka: Avalokitesvara Becomes Natha Deviyo; 5 The Mythicization of History: Natha and Pitiye in Kandyan Folklore; 6 The Power of Place: Oral Traditions at Rural Kandyan Natha Devalayas; 7 Central Power, Sacred Order: Center and Periphery in the Kandyan Kingdom; 8 Natha and the "Rock Chief"; 9 Conclusion: Maitreya-in-the-Making; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: John Clifford Holt.
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Sri Lanka has one of Asia's most pluralistic religious cultures. From a study of the changing role played by one Buddhist deity in Sinhala religious culture, the author of this study develops a thesis about the mechanism of religious change.

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Holt beautifully articulates the assimilation and transformation of Avalokitesvara in Sri Lanka by weaving together evidence drawn from historical and religious treatises, stone inscriptions, oral Read more...

 
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