A Bull of a Man: Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism

A Bull of a Man: Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism

by John Powers
     
 

The androgynous, asexual Buddha of contemporary popular imagination stands in stark contrast to the muscular, virile, and sensual figure presented in Indian Buddhist texts. In this groundbreaking study of previously unexplored aspects of the early Buddhist tradition, John Powers skillfully adapts methodological approaches from European and North American… See more details below

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The androgynous, asexual Buddha of contemporary popular imagination stands in stark contrast to the muscular, virile, and sensual figure presented in Indian Buddhist texts. In this groundbreaking study of previously unexplored aspects of the early Buddhist tradition, John Powers skillfully adapts methodological approaches from European and North American historiography to the study of early Buddhist literature, art, and iconography, highlighting aspects of the tradition that have been surprisingly invisible in earlier scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674033290
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
06/19/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

  • Preface

  1. The Ultimate Man
  2. A Manly Monk
  3. Sex and the Single Monk
  4. The Problem with Bodies
  5. The Company of Men
  6. The Greater Men of the Greater Vehicle
  7. Adepts and Sorcerers
  8. Conclusion

  • Appendix 1: The Major and Minor Physical Characteristics of a Great Man
  • Appendix 2: Epithets of the Buddha
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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