Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism
Rematerializing the Sri Lankan Theravada Tradition
By (author) Kevin Trainor
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Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism by Kevin Trainor
Book DescriptionThis book is a serious study of relic veneration among South Asian Buddhists. Drawing on textual sources and archaeological evidence from India and Sri Lanka, including material rarely examined in the West, it looks specifically at the practice of relic veneration in the Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist tradition. The author portrays relic veneration as a technology of remembrance and representation which makes present the Buddha of the past for living Buddhists. By analysing the abstract ideas, emotional orientation and ritual behaviour centred on the Buddha's material remains, he contributes to the 'rematerializing' of Buddhism which is currently under way among Western scholars. This book is an excellent introduction to Buddhist relics. It is well written and accessible and will be read by scholars and serious students of Buddhism and religious studies for years to come.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521036689
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kevin Trainor
Embodying the Dharma, Paperback (January 2007)
Examines the practice of relic veneration in a variety of forms of Buddhism.
Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism, Hardback (June 1997)» View all books by Kevin Trainor
This study examines the place of relic veneration in the history of South Asian Buddhism.
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