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Self and Self-Transformation in the History of Religions - David Shulman

Self and Self-Transformation in the History of Religions

By: David Shulman (Editor), Guy S. Stroumsa (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st November 2001
ISBN: 9780195148169
Number Of Pages: 288

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This title brings together scholars of a variety of the world's major civilizations to focus on the universal theme of inner transformation. The idea of the self is a cultural formation like any other, and models and conceptions of the inner world of the person vary widely from one civilization to another. Nonetheless, all the world's great religions insist on the need to transform this inner world, however it is understood, in highly expressive and specific ways. Such transformations, often ritually enacted, reveal the primary intutitions, drives, and conflicts active within culture. The individual essays - by scholars such as Wai-yee Li, Janet Gyatso, Wendy Doniger, Christiano Grottanelli, Charles Malamoud, Margalit Finkelberg, and Moshe Idel - study dramatic examples of these processes in a wide range of cultures, including China, India, Tibet, Greece and Rome, Late Antiquity, Islam, Judaism, and mediaeval and early-modern Christian Europe.

Introduction: Persons, Passages, and Shifting Cultural Spacep. 3
A Body Made of Words and Poetic Metersp. 19
On Becoming a Fish: Paradoxes of Immortality and Enlightenment in Chinese Literaturep. 29
Transformations of Subjectivity and Memory in the Mahabharata and the Ramayanap. 57
Madness and Divinization in Early Christian Monasticismp. 73
Possessed Transsexuals in Antiquity: A Double Transformationp. 91
Madness and Suffering in the Myths of Herculesp. 106
Healing as an Act of Transformationp. 121
Tirukkovaiydr: Downstream into Godp. 131
Spirit Possession as Self-Transformative Experience in Late Medieval Catholic Europep. 150
Religion and Biography in Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonusp. 173
The Ins and Outs of Self-Transformation: Personal and Social Sides of Visionary Practice in Tibetan Buddhismp. 183
The Self and Its Transformation in Sufism: With Special Reference to Early Literaturep. 195
From Platonic to Hasidic Eros: Transformations of an Idle Man's Storyp. 216
Postlude: The Interior Sociality of Self-transformationp. 236
Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9780195148169
ISBN-10: 0195148169
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st November 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43