The Ascetic Self
Subjectivity, Memory and Tradition
By (author) Gavin D. Flood
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Ascetic Self by Gavin D. Flood
Book DescriptionThis 2004 book is about the ascetic self in the scriptural religions of Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism. The author claims that asceticism can be understood as the internalisation of tradition, the shaping of the narrative of a life in accordance with the narrative of tradition that might be seen as the performance of the memory of tradition. Such a performance contains an ambiguity or distance between the general intention to eradicate the will, or in some sense to erase the self, and the affirmation of will in ascetic performance such as weakening the body through fasting. Asceticism must therefore be seen in the context of ritual. The book also offers a paradigm for comparative religion more generally, one that avoids the inadequate choices of either examining religions through overarching categories on the one hand and the abandoning of any comparative endeavour that focuses purely on area-specific study on the other.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521843386
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gavin D. Flood
Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations, Paperback (October 2011)
Gregory Shushan challenges post-modern scholarly attitudes concerning cross-cultural comparisons in the study of religions.
Tantric Mantras, Hardback (May 2011)
Provides an overview of the scholarly quality on Tantric mantras. This book presents a general summary on the nature of Tantric mantras, their phonetic aspect, structure and classifications. It explains the metaphysical-theological nature of Tantric mantras and gives an introduction to their beliefs and practices.
Tantric Body, Paperback (October 2005)
Contributes to an understanding of tantra's mysteries. Without minimising its sexual dimensions, this book argues that within tantra the body is more than a sexual entity, it is a vehicle for the spirituality that is fundamental to people's minds. This book is useful to students of South Asian cultures and societies, and of comparative philosophy.
Blackwell Companion to Hinduism, Paperback (May 2005)» View all books by Gavin D. Flood
* Presents the most recent scholarly thinking about Hinduism in an accessible way. * Leading scholars make their views and research available to a wider readership. * Divided into four sections covering theoretical issues, textual traditions, science and philosophy, and Hindu society and politics.
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Author Biography - Gavin D. Flood
Gavin Flood is Professor of Religion at the University of Stirling, and the author of An Introduction to Hinduism (Cambridge University Press, 1996).
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