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Material culture and Asian religions : text, image, object

Author: Benjamin J Fleming
Publisher: New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. ©2014
Series: Routledge research in religion, media and culture, 4.
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Traditionally, research on the history of Asian religions has been marked by a bias for literary evidence, privileging canonical texts penned in 'classical' languages. Not only has a focus on literary evidence shaped the dominant narratives about the religious histories of Asia, in both scholarship and popular culture, but it has contributed to the tendency to study different religious traditions in relative  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin J Fleming
ISBN: 9780415843782 0415843782 113501373X 9781135013738 1135013721 9781135013721 1135013713 9781135013714 0203753038 9780203753033
OCLC Number: 869458151
Description: xix, 313 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: Material culture and religious studies / Benjamin J. Fleming and Richard D. Mann --
Part I. The materiality of writing. Bamboo and the production of philosophy : a hypothesis about a shift in writing and thought in early China / Dirk Meyer ; Seeing in between the space : the aura of writing and the shape of artistic productions in medieval South Asia / Jinah Kim ; Manuscripts and shifting geographies : the Dvādaśajyotirliṅgastotra from the Deccan College as case study / Benjamin J. Fleming ; Representations of religion in The Tibet mirror : the newspaper as religious object and patterns of continuity and rupture in Tibetan material culture / Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa --
Part II. Amulets, talismans, and religious economies. An ingestible scripture : Qur'ānic erasure and the limits of "popular" religion / Travis Zadeh ; Buddhism on the battlefield : the cult of the "substitute body" talisman in imperial Japan (1890-1945) / Kevin Bond ; The material turn : an introduction to Thai sources for the study of Buddhist amulets / Justin McDaniel --
Part III. Image in context. Ninshô, ryôhen, and the twenty-five bodhisattvas of Hakone / Hank Glassman ; Encountering ascetics on and beyond the Indian temple wall / Tamara I. Sears ; Goddesses in text and stone : temples of the Yoginīs in light of Tantric and Purānic literature / Shaman Hatley --
Part IV. Trade, travel, and hybridity. Material culture and ruler ideology in South Asia : the case of Huviska's Skanda-Kumāra with Viśākha coinage / Richard D. Mann ; Literary and visual narratives in Gandhāran Buddhist manuscripts and material cultures : localizations of Jātakas, Avadānas, and previous-birth stories / Jason Neelis ; Reimagining the East : Eurasian trade, Asian religions, and Christian identities / Annette Yoshiko Reed ; Seeing the religious image in the historical account : icons and idols in the Islamic past / Jamal J. Elias.
Series Title: Routledge research in religion, media and culture, 4.
Responsibility: edited by Benjamin J. Fleming and Richard D. Mann.

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Traditionally, research on the history of Asian religions has been marked by a bias for literary evidence, privileging canonical texts penned in 'classical' languages. Not only has a focus on literary evidence shaped the dominant narratives about the religious histories of Asia, in both scholarship and popular culture, but it has contributed to the tendency to study different religious traditions in relative isolation from one another. Today, moreover, historical work is often based on modern textual editions and, increasingly, on electronic databases. What may be lost, in the process, is the visceral sense of the text as artifact - as a material object that formed part of a broader material culture, in which the boundaries between religious traditions were sometimes more fluid than canonical literature might suggest. This volume brings together specialists in a variety of Asian cultures to discuss the methodological challenges involved in integrating material evidence for the reconstruction of the religious histories of South, Southeast, Central, and East Asia. By means of specific 'test cases, ' the volume explores the importance of considering material and literary evidence in concert. What untold stories do these sources help us to recover? How might they push us to reevaluate historical narratives traditionally told from literary sources? By addressing these questions from the perspectives of different subfields and religious traditions, contributors map out the challenges involved in interpreting different types of data, assessing the problems of interpretation distinct to specific types of material evidence (e.g., coins, temple art, manuscripts, donative inscriptions) and considering the issues raised by the different patterns in the preservation of such evidence in different locales. Special attention is paid to newly-discovered and neglected sources; to our evidence for trade, migration, and inter-regional cultural exchange; and to geographical locales that served as "contact zones" connecting cultures. In addition, the chapters in this volume represent the rich range of religious traditions across Asia - including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto, and Chinese religions, as well as Islam and eastern Christianities.

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