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Brides of the Buddha : Nuns' Stories from the Avadanasataka - Karen Muldoon-Hules

Brides of the Buddha

Nuns' Stories from the Avadanasataka

Hardcover Published: 5th June 2017
ISBN: 9781498511452
Number Of Pages: 240

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For young women in early South Asia, marriage was probably the most important event in their lives, as it largely determined their socioeconomic and religious future. Yet there has been little in the way of systematic examinations of the evidence on marriage customs among Buddhists of this time, and our understanding of the lives of early Buddhist women is still quite limited. This study uses ten stories from the Avadānaśataka, the collection of Buddhist narratives compiled from the second to fifth centuries CE, to examine the social landscape of early India. The author analyzes marital customs and the development of nuns' hagiographies, while revealing regional variations of Buddhism in South Asia during this period.

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Karen Muldoon-Hules provides a thought-provoking study of classical Indian marital customs and Buddhist nuns' somewhat surprising spousal choices: the Buddha himself. This book is an important and welcome addition to the scholarship on the history of female Buddhist monasticism and Buddhist narrative literature.--Shayne Clarke, McMaster University

Chapter 1: Buddhist Women in Early India Chapter 2: Marriage and Meaning in Late Vedic and Classical Hinduism Chapter 3: Marriage and Meaning in Indian Buddhism Chapter 4: How Should a Daughter Renounce? Chapter 5: Suprabha, Kasisundari, and the Indic Svayamvara Chapter 6: Other Women, Other Walks of Life Chapter 7: Some Conclusions and Observations Appendix 1: Dating the Avadanasataka Appendix 2: Sectarian Affiliation

ISBN: 9781498511452
ISBN-10: 1498511457
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 5th June 2017
Publisher: Lexington Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.53

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