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The Resource Reading the Mahāvaṃsa : the literary aims of a Theravāda Buddhist history, Kristin Scheible

Reading the Mahāvaṃsa : the literary aims of a Theravāda Buddhist history, Kristin Scheible

Label
Reading the Mahāvaṃsa : the literary aims of a Theravāda Buddhist history
Title
Reading the Mahāvaṃsa
Title remainder
the literary aims of a Theravāda Buddhist history
Statement of responsibility
Kristin Scheible
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Vamsa is a dynamic genre of Buddhist history filled with otherworldly characters and the exploits of real-life heroes. These narratives collapse the temporal distance between Buddha and the reader, building an emotionally resonant connection with an outsized religious figure and a longed-for past. The fifth-century Pali text Mahavamsa is a particularly effective example, using metaphor and other rhetorical devices to ethically transform readers, to stimulate and then to calm them. Reading the Mahavamsa advocates a new, literary approach to this text by revealing its embedded reading advice (to experience samvega and pasada) and affective work of metaphors (the Buddha's dharma as light) and salient characters (nagas). Kristin Scheible argues that the Mahavamsa requires a particular kind of reading. In the text's proem, special instructions draw readers to the metaphor of light and the nagas, or salient snake-beings, of the first chapter. Nagas are both model worshippers and unworthy hoarders of Buddha's relics. As nonhuman agents, they challenge political and historicist readings of the text. Scheible sees these slippery characters and the narrative's potent and playful metaphors as techniques for refocusing the reader's attention on the text's emotional aims. Her work explains the Mahavamsa's central motivational role in contemporary Sri Lankan Buddhist and nationalist circles. It also speaks broadly to strategies of reading religious texts and to the internal and external cues that give such works lives beyond the page
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Scheible, Kristin
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
South Asia across the disciplines
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mahānāma
  • Buddhist literature, Pali
  • Buddhist literature, Pali
  • RELIGION / Comparative Religion
Label
Reading the Mahāvaṃsa : the literary aims of a Theravāda Buddhist history, Kristin Scheible
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 4. Nāgas And Relics
  • 5. Historicizing (In) The Pāli Dīpavaṃsa and Mahāvaṃsa
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • A Note On Transliteration And Translation
  • Introduction
  • 1. Instructions, Admonitions, And Aspirations In Vamsa Proems
  • 2. Relocating The Light
  • 3. Nāgas, Transfigured Figures Inside The Text, Ruminative Triggers Outside
Control code
ocn957077739
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 223 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231542609
Lccn
2016038697
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7312/sche17138
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 58350cb2-0df8-417b-bfea-a8a147d46030
  • 22573/ctt1h645xm
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)957077739
Label
Reading the Mahāvaṃsa : the literary aims of a Theravāda Buddhist history, Kristin Scheible
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 4. Nāgas And Relics
  • 5. Historicizing (In) The Pāli Dīpavaṃsa and Mahāvaṃsa
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • A Note On Transliteration And Translation
  • Introduction
  • 1. Instructions, Admonitions, And Aspirations In Vamsa Proems
  • 2. Relocating The Light
  • 3. Nāgas, Transfigured Figures Inside The Text, Ruminative Triggers Outside
Control code
ocn957077739
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 223 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231542609
Lccn
2016038697
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7312/sche17138
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 58350cb2-0df8-417b-bfea-a8a147d46030
  • 22573/ctt1h645xm
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)957077739

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