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A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture : Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja - Critical Edition

Author: Gergely Hidas
Publisher: Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, [2019] ©2019
Series: Beyond Boundaries, 3
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume is the first in-depth study of a recently discovered Sanskrit dharani spell text from around the 5th century CE surviving in two palm-leaf and three paper manuscript compendia from Nepal. This rare Buddhist scripture focuses on the ritual practice of thaumaturgic weather control for successful agriculture through overpowering mythical Nagas. Traditionally, these serpentine beings are held responsible for  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gergely Hidas
ISBN: 9783110621051 3110621053
OCLC Number: 1121057604
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (152 p.).
Contents: Frontmatter --
Acknowledgements --
Contents --
Introduction --
Edition and translation --
References --
Index
Series Title: Beyond Boundaries, 3
Responsibility: Gergely Hidas.
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This volume is the first in-depth study of a recently discovered Sanskrit dharani spell text from around the 5th century CE surviving in two palm-leaf and three paper manuscript compendia from Nepal. This rare Buddhist scripture focuses on the ritual practice of thaumaturgic weather control for successful agriculture through overpowering mythical Nagas. Traditionally, these serpentine beings are held responsible for the amount of rainfall. The six chapters of the Vajratundasamayakalparaja present the vidyadhara spell-master as a ritualist who uses mandalas, mudras and other techniques to gain mastery over the Nagas and thus control the rains. By subjugating the Nagas, favourable weather and good crops are guaranteed. This links this incantation tradition to economic power and the securing of worldly support for the Buddhist community.

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