The Buddhist Visnu: Religious Transformation, Politics, and Culture

The Buddhist Visnu: Religious Transformation, Politics, and Culture

by John C. Holt
     
 

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.

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231133227
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/22/2004
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

PrefacePart I. Introduction: The Historical and Theoretical Problems1. The "Hindu Buddha" and the "Buddhist Visnu"2. "Unceasing Waves": Brahmanical and Hindu Influences on Medieval Sinhala Buddhist Culture in Sri Lanka3. The Sandalwood Image: Upulvan Deviyo and the Origins of the Cult of Visnu in Sinhala Buddhist Sri Lanka4. Transformed Deity: The "Buddhist Visnu" in Sinhala Literature and LiturgyPart II. Introduction: The Cult of Visnu in Buddhist Sri Lanka5. Seeking Protection: Cultic Life at the Udarata Visnu Devalayas6. The Valiyaka Mangalya: The Curative Powers of the Mala Raja7. Legacies of the "Buddhist Visnu": Myth and Cult at the Alutnuvara Devalaya8. Minister of Defense? The Politics of Deification in Contemporary Sri LankaConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex of place namesIndex of Texts (Translated or Cited)Subject IndexMap

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