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The Buddhist Visnu

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Zusammenfassung John Holt's groundbreaking study examines the assimilation! transformation! and subordination of the Hindu deity Visnu within the contexts of Sri Lankan history and Sinhala Buddhist religious culture. Holt argues that political agendas and social forces! as much as doctrinal concerns! have shaped the shifting patterns of the veneration of Visnu in Sri Lanka. Informationen zum Autor John C. Holt Klappentext John Holt's groundbreaking study examines the assimilation! transformation! and subordination of the Hindu deity Visnu within the contexts of Sri Lankan history and Sinhala Buddhist religious culture. Holt argues that political agendas and social forces! as much as doctrinal concerns! have shaped the shifting patterns of the veneration of Visnu in Sri Lanka.Holt begins with a comparative look at the assimilation of the Buddha in Hinduism. He then explores the role and rationale of medieval Sinhala kings in assimilating Visnu into Sinhala Buddhism. Offering analyses of texts! many of which have never before been translated into English! Holt considers the development of Visnu in Buddhist literature and the changing practices of deity veneration. Shifting to the present! Holt describes the efforts of contemporary Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka to discourage the veneration of Visnu! suggesting that many are motivated by a reactionary fear that their culture and society will soon be overrun by the influences and practices of Hindus! Muslims! and Christians. Inhaltsverzeichnis PrefaceIntroduction: The Historical and Theoretical ProblemsThe "Hindu Buddha" and the "Buddhist Visnu""Unceasing Waves": Brahmanical and Hindu Influences on Medieval Sinhala Buddhist Culture in Sri LankaThe Sandalwood Image: Upulvan Deviyo and the Origins of the Cult of Visnu in Sinhala Buddhist Sri LankaTransformed Deity: The "Buddhist Visnu" in Sinhala Literature and LiturgyIntroduction: The Cult of Visnu in Buddhist Sri LankaSeeking Protection: Cultic Life at the Udarata Visnu DevalayasThe Valiyaka Mangalya: The Curative Powers of the Mala RajaLegacies of the "Buddhist Visnu": Myth and Cult at the Alutnuvara DevalayaMinister of Defense? The Politics of Deification in Contemporary Sri LankaConclusion ...

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John C. Holt



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John Holt's groundbreaking study examines the assimilation, transformation, and subordination of the Hindu deity Visnu within the contexts of Sri Lankan history and Sinhala Buddhist religious culture. Holt argues that political agendas and social forces, as much as doctrinal concerns, have shaped the shifting patterns of the veneration of Visnu in Sri Lanka.

Holt begins with a comparative look at the assimilation of the Buddha in Hinduism. He then explores the role and rationale of medieval Sinhala kings in assimilating Visnu into Sinhala Buddhism. Offering analyses of texts, many of which have never before been translated into English, Holt considers the development of Visnu in Buddhist literature and the changing practices of deity veneration. Shifting to the present, Holt describes the efforts of contemporary Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka to discourage the veneration of Visnu, suggesting that many are motivated by a reactionary fear that their culture and society will soon be overrun by the influences and practices of Hindus, Muslims, and Christians.



Inhalt

Preface Introduction: The Historical and Theoretical Problems The "Hindu Buddha" and the "Buddhist Visnu" "Unceasing Waves": Brahmanical and Hindu Influences on Medieval Sinhala Buddhist Culture in Sri Lanka The Sandalwood Image: Upulvan Deviyo and the Origins of the Cult of Visnu in Sinhala Buddhist Sri Lanka Transformed Deity: The "Buddhist Visnu" in Sinhala Literature and Liturgy Introduction: The Cult of Visnu in Buddhist Sri Lanka Seeking Protection: Cultic Life at the Udarata Visnu Devalayas The Valiyaka Mangalya: The Curative Powers of the Mala Raja Legacies of the "Buddhist Visnu": Myth and Cult at the Alutnuvara Devalaya Minister of Defense? The Politics of Deification in Contemporary Sri Lanka Conclusion

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Buddhist Visnu
Untertitel: Religious Transformation, Politics, and Culture
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EAN: 9780231133234
ISBN: 978-0-231-13323-4
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Columbia University Press
Genre: Religion & Theologie
Anzahl Seiten: 448
Gewicht: 45g
Größe: H229mm x B152mm
Jahr: 2004