Hagiography and Religious Truth: Case Studies in the Abrahamic and Dharmic Traditions

Hagiography and Religious Truth: Case Studies in the Abrahamic and Dharmic Traditions

By: Rico G. Monge (editor), Rachel J. Smith (editor), Kerry P. C. San Chirico (editor)Paperback

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The hagiographic materials from the world's religions can tell us much about the beliefs and practices of the people, yet the limited degree to which hagiography has been used as an instrument for understanding diverse religious traditions is surprising. Hagiography and Religious Truth provides a clearer understanding of the ways hagiography functions to disclose truth for practitioners and suggests various ways that these underexploited sources enrich our comprehension of broader issues in religious studies. This volume provides a much-needed cross-cultural and interreligious comparison of saints' lives, iconography, and devotional practices. The contributors show that hagiographic sources can in fact be "truths of manifestation," which function as vehicles for prefiguring, configuring, and refiguring religious, social, and cultural life. The editors argue that some meanings simply cannot be communicated effectively through historical-critical methodologies. By exploring how hagiography functions throughout several of the world's religious traditions, this volume illustrates how various modes of hagiography articulate religious ideas and uniquely represent conceptions of sanctity.

About Author

Rico G. Monge is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Diego, USA. Kerry P. C. San Chirico is Assistant Professor of Interfaith and Interreligious Studies, Villanova University, USA. Rachel Smith is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University, USA.


Figures Contributors Foreword: Jeffrey J. Kripal Acknowledgements Introduction: Rico G. Monge, Kerry P.C. San Chirico, and Rachel J. Smith Part One: Theoretical Considerations 1. Saints, Truth, and the "Use and Abuse" of Hagiography, Rico G. Monge 2. Devotion, Critique, and the Reading of Christian Saints' Lives, Rachel J. Smith 3. Sacred Narrative and Truth: What Does It Mean If It Did Not Happen?, Peter C. Bouteneff and Patricia Fann Bouteneff Part Two: Case Studies in Dharmic Traditions 4. Imagining Hagiographies in Chhattisgarh, Ramdas Lamb 5. Turning Tomb to Temple: Hagiography, Sacred Space, and Ritual Activity in a Thirteenth- Century Hindu Shrine, Mark J. McLaughlin 6. From Legend to Flesh and Bone: The Reenactment of a Tantric Narrative, Joel S. Gruber Part Three: Case Studies in Abrahamic Traditions 7. The Transmission of Virtue in the Hagiography of Haci Bektas Veli: The Narrative of Guvenc Abdal, Vernon J. Schubel 8. A Global Intercessor: Triumphalism and Reconciliation in the Services of St. John Maximovich, Nicholas Denysenko 9. "King-slaves" in South Africa: Shrines, Ritual, & Resistance, Bahar Davary 10. Many Truths, One Story: John of Ephesus's "Lives of the Eastern Saints", Todd French Part Four: Case Studies in Comparison 11. Saints from the Margin: Rescuing Tradition through Hagiography in the Lives of Sylouan the Athonite and Milarepa, Thomas Cattoi 12. Holy Negotiations in the Hindu Heartland: Abundant People and Places among the Khrist Bhaktas of Banaras, Kerry P. C. San Chirico Afterword: Comparative Theological Reflections, Francis X. Clooney Notes Select Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781350065284
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781350065284
  • weight: 399
  • ISBN10: 1350065285

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