Reading the Mahavamsa: The Literary Aims of A Theravada Buddhist History

Title: Reading the Mahavamsa Author: Kristin Scheible Genre: Religion Publisher: Columbia University Press Release Date: November 1, 2016 Pages: 256 Vam?sa is a dynamic genre of Buddhist history filled with otherworldly characters and the exploits of real-life heroes. These narratives collapse the temporal distance between Buddha and the reader, building an emotionally resonant connection with […]

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Friedrich Max Muller and the Sacred Books of the East

Title: Friedrich Max Muller and the Sacred Books of the East Author: Professor of the History of Christianity and Philosophy Arie L Molendijk Publisher: Oxford University Press Release Date: October 4, 2016 Pages: 256 This volume offers a critical analysis of one the most ambitious editorial projects of late Victorian Britain: the edition of the […]

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Shinto: A History

Title: Shinto: A History Author: Helen Hardacre Genre: Shinto Publisher: Oxford University Press Release Date: December 1, 2016 Pages: 720 Distinguished scholar of Japanese religions and culture Helen Hardacre offers the first comprehensive history of Shinto, the ancient and vibrant tradition whose colorful rituals are still practiced today. Under the ideal of Shinto, a divinely […]

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The Body Incantatory

Title: The Body Incantatory Author: Paul Copp Genre: Religion Publisher: Columbia University Press Release Date: 2014-09-09 Pages: 464 Whether chanted as devotional prayers, intoned against the dangers of the wilds, or invoked to heal the sick and bring ease to the dead, incantations were pervasive features of Buddhist practice in late medieval China (600Ð1000 C.E.). […]

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