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Title Sacred biography in the Buddhist traditions of South and Southeast Asia / edited by Juliane Schober.
Imprint Honolulu, Hawaii : University of Hawai'i Press, 1997.

Subject Gautama Buddha.
Buddhist saints -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Buddhist hagiography -- History and criticism.
Alt Name Schober, Juliane.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 366 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- Trajectories in Buddhist Sacred Biography / Schober, Juliane -- Buddha Biography in Textual and Visual Narratives -- Rebirth Traditions and the Lineages of Gotama: A Study in Theravada Buddhology / Reynolds, Frank E. -- The Biographical Imperative in Theravada Buddhism / Woodward, Mark R. -- Narrative as Icon: The Jataka Stories in Ancient Indian and Southeast Asian Architecture / Brown, Robert L. -- Extensions of the Buddha Biography in Texts -- A Family Quest: The Buddha, Yasodhara, and Rahula in the Mulasarvastivada Vinaya / Strong, John S. -- Nagarjuna's Longevity / Ray, Reginald A. -- Stupa, Story, and Empire: Constructions of the Buddha Biography in Early Post-Asokan India / Walters, Jonathan S. -- The Jatakas and Biographies of Kings -- Painting the "Great Life" / McGill, Forrest -- From Prose to Poetry: The Literary Development of Samuttakote / Hudak, Thomas John -- "Rationality" in the Biography of a Buddhist King: Mongkut, King of Siam (r.1851-1868) / Johnson, Paul Christopher -- The Biographical Genre in Local Buddhist Cults and Practice -- In the Presence of the Buddha: Ritual Veneration of the Burmese Mahamuni Image / Schober, Juliane -- The Textualization of a Monastic Tradition: Forest Monks, Lineage, and the Biographical Process in Thailand / Taylor, James L. -- The Biography of Modern Burmese Buddhist Meditation Master U Ba Khin: Life before the Cradle and past the Grave / Houtman, Gustaaf -- Index -- About the Contributors.
Summary This collection of previously unpublished essays presents a broad range of explorations into the biographical genre of the Buddhist traditions of South and Southeast Asia. Each contribution examines sacred biography in one or more representational modalities in the texts, art history, literature, myths, rituals and cultures of the Buddhist tradition. Scholars in the history of religions, anthropology, literature and art history present a broad range of explorations into sacred biography as an interpretive genre. The essays investigate both universal and local articulations of Buddhist sacred biography, illustrating the construction of interpretive frames of reference that map salient themes onto diverse contexts. The combination of thematic depth and theoretical sophistication in Sacred Biography makes this volume innovative reading for all scholars with comparative interests.
Note In English.
ISBN 0585366349 (electronic bk.)
9780585366340 (electronic bk.)
9780824864217 (electronic bk.)
0824864212 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.21313/9780824864217
OCLC # 48138326
Additional Format Print version: Sacred biography in the Buddhist traditions of South and Southeast Asia. Honolulu, Hawaii : University of Hawai'i Press, 1997 0824816994 (DLC) 96021003 (OCoLC)34912604