UBC Press is pleased to announce a new series in Asian religions.
Pilgrims, Patrons, and Place, a Buddha Dharma Kyokai Foundation Book on
Buddhism and Comparative Literature, is the first book in this series.
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This book brings together essays by anthropologists, scholars of
religion, and art historians on the subject of sacred place and sacred
biography in Asia. The chapters span a broad geographical area that
includes India, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, and China, and explore
issues from the classical and medieval period to the present. They show
how sacred places have a plurality of meanings for all religious
communities and how in their construction, secular politics, private
religious experience, and sectarian rivalry can all intersect.
The contributors explore some of the most fundamental challenges
that religious groups face as they expand from their homeland or
confront the demands of modernity. In every case the biography of a
saint or founding figure proves to be central to the formation of
religious identity. Sacred place becomes a means of concretizing the
ever-expanding sphere of the saint's influence. While some
chapters deal with well- known religious movements and sites, others
discuss little known groups and help to enrich our understanding of the
diversity of religious belief in Asia.
The book will be of interest not only to scholars of Asian religion
and hagiography, but to others who seek to understand the ways in which
religious groups accommodate to the challenges of new environments and
Phyllis Granoff and Koichi Shinohara are both professors in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University. Neil McMullin is the general editor of Buddha Dharma Kyokai Foundation books, and professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Toronto.
Contributors Acknowledgments Introduction - Pilgrims, Patrons, and Place: Localizing Sanctity in Asian Religions / Phyllis Granoff and Koichi Shinohara 1 The Twenty-four Dioceses and Zhang Daoling: The Spatio-Liturgical Organization of Early Heavenly Master Taoism / Franciscus Verellen 2 The Story of the Buddha's Begging Bowl: Imagining a Biography and Sacred Places / Koichi Shinohara 3 Where Ascetics Get Comfort and Recluses Go Public: Museums for Buddhist Saints in Thailand / Louis Gabaude 4 Paradise Found, Paradise Lost: Hariram Vyas's Love for Vrindaban and What Hagiographers Made of It / Heidi Pauwels 5 Pilgrimage as Revelation: Sankaradeva's Journey to Jagannatha Puri / Phyllis Granoff 6 The `Early Hindi' Hagiographies by Anantadas / Winand M. Callewaert 7 Dvaraka: The Making of a Sacred Place /Andre Couture 8 Place in the Sacred Biography at Borobudur / Robert L. Brown 9 Ratannath's Travels / Veronique Bouillier 10 The Interweave of Place, Space, and Biographical Discourse at a South Indian Religious Centre / K.I. Koppedrayer 11 Portratiure and Jain Sacred Place: The Patronage of the Ministers Vastupala and Tejahpala / Jack C. Laughlin 12 Saints and Scared Places in Saurashtra and Kutch: The Cases of the Naklamki Cult and the Jakhs / Francoise Mallison Bibliography Index