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Author Holt, John, 1948-
Title The Buddhist Visnu : religious transformation, politics, and culture / John Clifford Holt.
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, 2004.

Author Holt, John, 1948-
Subject Vishnu (Hindu deity) -- Cult -- Sri Lanka.
Buddhism -- Sri Lanka -- History.
Buddhism -- Relations -- Hinduism.
Hinduism -- Relations -- Buddhism.
Buddhism and politics -- Sri Lanka.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 441 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-420) and indexes.
Note Print version record.
Contents Preface; Part I; Introduction: The Historical and Theoretical Problems; 1 The "Hindu Buddha" and the "Buddhist Visnu"; 2 "Unceasing Waves": Brahmanical and Hindu Influences on Medieval Sinhala Buddhist Culture in Sri Lanka; 3 The Sandalwood Image: Upulvan Deviyo and the Origins of the Visnu Cult in Sinhala Buddhist Sri Lanka; 4 Transformed Deity: The "Buddhist Visnu" in Sinhala Literature and Liturgy; Part II; Introduction: The Cult of Visnu in Buddhist Sri Lanka; 5 Seeking Protection: Cultic Life at the Udarata Visnu Devalayas.
6 The Valiyak Mangalya: The Curative Powers of the Mala Raja7 Legacies of the "Buddhist Visnu": Myth and Cult at the Alutnuvara Devalaya; 8 Minister of Defense? The Politics of Deification in Contemporary Sri Lanka; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index of Place Names; Indext of Texts (Translated or Cited); Subject Index; Map.
Summary 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.
Note In English.
ISBN 9780231508148 (electronic bk.)
023150814X (electronic bk.)
0231133227 (cloth)
9780231133227 (cloth)
0231133235 (pbk.)
9780231133234 (pbk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.7312/holt13322
OCLC # 213304981
Additional Format Print version: Holt, John, 1948- Buddhist Visnu. New York : Columbia University Press, 2004 (DLC) 2003064634