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Imagining a Place for Buddhism: Literary Culture and Religious Community in Tamil-Speaking South India

Anne E. Monius

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195139990
eISBN:
9780199834501
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195139992.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The intimate connection between religion and literature has become a commonplace assumption in the study of Christianity and Western culture, but in the study of South Asian religions, relatively ... More


Introduction

Anne E. Monius

in Imagining a Place for Buddhism: Literary Culture and Religious Community in Tamil-Speaking South India

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195139990
eISBN:
9780199834501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195139992.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The modern religious landscape of Tamil‐speaking South India is dominated by the Hindu tradition, but as this introduction to the book explains, non‐Hindu religious communities played a significant ... More


Reading Maṇimēkalai as Buddhist Literature

Anne E. Monius

in Imagining a Place for Buddhism: Literary Culture and Religious Community in Tamil-Speaking South India

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195139990
eISBN:
9780199834501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195139992.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Chapter 1 (and Chs. 2‐3) addresses the earlier of the two extant Tamil (South Indian) Buddhist texts, the Maṇimēkalai, by building on the work of Richman, and reading the text as a consummately ... More


The Maṇimēkalai's Community of Readers and Listeners

Anne E. Monius

in Imagining a Place for Buddhism: Literary Culture and Religious Community in Tamil-Speaking South India

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195139990
eISBN:
9780199834501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195139992.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The nature of the Maṇimēkalai's textual or reading community is considered through an examination of the narrative as a literary work produced in the context of a diverse and multilingual South ... More


The Maṇimēkalai's Buddhist Community Envisioned

Anne E. Monius

in Imagining a Place for Buddhism: Literary Culture and Religious Community in Tamil-Speaking South India

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195139990
eISBN:
9780199834501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195139992.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The community of Buddhists imagined within the narrative world of the Maṇimēkalai itself is considered – a community whose locus is not the geographical region of Tamil‐speaking southern India in the ... More


Imagining Community through Commentary

Anne E. Monius

in Imagining a Place for Buddhism: Literary Culture and Religious Community in Tamil-Speaking South India

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195139990
eISBN:
9780199834501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195139992.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The commentary on the Vīracōliyam discussed here (which really constitutes a text in its own right) brings together fragments of a considerable corpus of Buddhist narrative and devotional poetry in ... More


Conclusion

Anne E. Monius

in Imagining a Place for Buddhism: Literary Culture and Religious Community in Tamil-Speaking South India

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195139990
eISBN:
9780199834501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195139992.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

An outline is given of what has been learned of historical Buddhist communities in South India from the examination in the book of the two extant Buddhist texts in Tamil that are complete – the ... More


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