Pilgrims, Patrons, and Place 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 new times.
Phyllis Granoff and Koichi Shinoharaare both professors in the Department of Religious Studies at McMasterUniversity. Neil McMullin is the general editor ofBuddha Dharma Kyokai Foundation books, and professor in the Departmentof Religion at the University of Toronto.
Contributors Acknowledgments Introduction - Pilgrims, Patrons, and Place: Localizing Sanctity inAsian Religions / Phyllis Granoff and Koichi Shinohara 1 The Twenty-four Dioceses and Zhang Daoling: The Spatio-LiturgicalOrganization of Early Heavenly Master Taoism / FranciscusVerellen 2 The Story of the Buddha's Begging Bowl: Imagining aBiography and Sacred Places / Koichi Shinohara 3 Where Ascetics Get Comfort and Recluses Go Public: Museums forBuddhist Saints in Thailand / Louis Gabaude 4 Paradise Found, Paradise Lost: Hariram Vyas's Love forVrindaban and What Hagiographers Made of It / HeidiPauwels 5 Pilgrimage as Revelation: Sankaradeva's Journey toJagannatha Puri / Phyllis Granoff 6 The `Early Hindi' Hagiographies by Anantadas /Winand M. Callewaert 7 Dvaraka: The Making of a Sacred Place /AndreCouture 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 aSouth Indian Religious Centre / K.I. Koppedrayer 11 Portratiure and Jain Sacred Place: The Patronage of the MinistersVastupala and Tejahpala / Jack C. Laughlin 12 Saints and Scared Places in Saurashtra and Kutch: The Cases ofthe Naklamki Cult and the Jakhs / Francoise Mallison Bibliography Index