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Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism (Kevin Trainor) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1997) 9780521582803
Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism (Kevin Trainor) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1997) 9780521582803
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Title: Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism

Author: Trainor, Kevin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1997

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521582803

Volumes: 1; Pages: 237

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Western scholarship has largely ignored the practice of venerating the physical remains of the Buddha, a practice that has been a central focus of both monastic and lay Buddhists for more than two millennia. This study draws on textual and archaeological evidence from India and Sri Lanka to examine the place of relic veneration in the history of South Asian Buddhism. It contributes to current work on the history of Western Buddhology, to the discipline of religious studies, and to the history of Indian and Sri Lankan Buddhism.ContentsAcknowledgments; List of abbreviations1. Orientations2. Buddhist relic veneration in India3. Relics and the establishment of the Buddhist Sasana in Sri Lanka4. Paradigms of presence5. Ritual and the presence of the BuddhaEpilogueBibliographyIndex
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