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Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism : Rematerializing the Sri Lankan Theravada Tradition - Kevin Trainor

Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism

Rematerializing the Sri Lankan Theravada Tradition

Hardcover Published: 13th June 1997
ISBN: 9780521582803
Number Of Pages: 240

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This book is the first serious study of relic veneration among South Asian Buddhists. Drawing on textual sources and archaeological evidence from India and Sri Lanka, including material not previously 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 'rematerialising' of Buddhism which is currently under way among Western scholars. This book is the best introduction to Buddhist relics currently available. It is well written and accessible and will be read by scholars and serious students of Buddhism and religious studies for years to come.

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"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

List of abbreviations
Buddhist relic veneration in India
Relics and the establishment of the Buddhist Sasana in Sri Lanka
Paradigms of presence
Ritual and the presence of the Buddha
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ISBN: 9780521582803
ISBN-10: 0521582806
Series: Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 13th June 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.52