Charming Cadavers: Horrific Figurations of the Feminine in Indian Buddhist Hagiographic Literature - Women in Culture and Society Series 1996 (Hardback)
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Charming Cadavers: Horrific Figurations of the Feminine in Indian Buddhist Hagiographic Literature - Women in Culture and Society Series 1996 (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 26/11/1996
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In this study of sexuality, desire, the body, and women, Liz Wilson investigates first-millennium Buddhist notions of spirituality. She argues that despite the marginal role women played in monastic life, they occupied a very conspicuous place in Buddhist hagiographic literature. In narratives used for the edification of Buddhist monks, women's bodies in decay (diseased, dying, and after death) served as a central object for meditation, inspiring spiritual growth through sexual abstention and repulsion in the immediate world. Taking up a set of universal concerns connected with the representation of women, Wilson displays the pervasiveness of an drocentrism in Buddhist literature and practice.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226900537
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 21 mm

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