Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism by Kevin Trainor
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Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism
By Kevin Trainor

Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism

Rematerializing the Sri Lankan Theravada Tradition

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Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism by Kevin Trainor

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This 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521582803
ISBN-10: 0521582806
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jun-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism by Kevin Trainor Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism, Paperback (April 2007)

This study examines the place of relic veneration in the history of South Asian Buddhism.

Embodying the Dharma by Kevin Trainor Embodying the Dharma, Paperback (January 2007)

Examines the practice of relic veneration in a variety of forms of Buddhism.

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