Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions: Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism: Rematerializing the Sri Lankan Theravada Tradition Series Number 10 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions: Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism: Rematerializing the Sri Lankan Theravada Tradition Series Number 10 (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 13/06/1997
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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521582803
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A carefully researched and theoretically engaged study.... A first-rate analysis that belongs in every academic library with significant holdings on Buddhism." John Clifford Holt, Religious Studies Review
"...Trainor's study includes careful translations from the original P^D-ali and does a good job of researching a wide variety of selective sources." Nirmala Salgado, Journal of the American Oriental Society

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