Women under the Bo Tree
Buddhist nuns in Sri Lanka
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Women under the Bo Tree by Tessa J. Bartholomeusz
Book DescriptionWomen under the Bo Tree examines the tradition of female world-renunciation in Buddhist Sri Lanka. The study is textual, historical and anthropological, and links ancient tradition with contemporary practice. Tessa Bartholomeusz utilizes data based on her field experiences in many contemporary cloisters of Sri Lanka, and on original archival research. She explores the history of the re-emergence of Buddhist female renouncers in the late nineteenth century after a hiatus of several hundred years; the reasons why women renounce; the variety of expressions of female world-renunciation; and, above all, attitudes about women and monasticism that have either prohibited women from renouncing or have encouraged them to do so. One of the most striking discoveries of the study is that the fortunes of Buddhist female renouncers is tied to the fortunes of Buddhism in Sri Lanka more generally, and to perceived notions of Sri Lanka as the caretaker of Buddhism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521461290
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Aug-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Tessa J. Bartholomeusz
Women Under the Bo Tree, Paperback (August 2008)
A lively examination of female world-renunciation on Buddhist Sri Lanka.
In Defense of Dharma, Hardback (August 2002)» View all books by Tessa J. Bartholomeusz
This is the first book to examine war and violence in Sri Lanka through the lens of cross-cultural studies on just-war tradition and theory. An important contribution to the understanding of the power of religion to create both peace and war.
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