Imagining a Place for Buddhism: Literary Culture and Religious Community in Tamil-Speaking South India
Imagining a Place for Buddhism: Literary Culture and Religious Community in Tamil-Speaking South India  -     By: Anne Elizabeth Monius
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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 9.74 X 6.30 X 0.95 (inches)
ISBN: 0195139992
ISBN-13: 9780195139990

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While Tamil-speaking South India is celebrated for its preservation of Hindu tradition, other religious communities have played a significant role in shaping the region's religious history. Among these non-Hindu communities is that of the Buddhists, who are little-understood because of the scarcity of remnants of Tamil-speaking Buddhist culture. Here, focusing on the two Buddhist texts in Tamil that are complete (a sixth-century poetic narrative and an eleventh-century treatise on grammar and poetics), Monius sheds light on the role of literature and literary culture in the formation, articulation, and evolution of religious identity and community.

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"Anne Monius has produced a learned and detailed book on the insufficiently studied subject of Buddhism in South India, which greatly enriches our knowledge of the religious life of the early medieval Tamil-speaking region. . . . Monius's lucidly written book greatly broadens our understanding of early Tamil Buddhist identity formation and evolution. It is a very welcome and creative addition to Tamil scholarship that sets a high standard for future work in the field and deserves to be widely read."--The Journal of Religion


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