Fabio Rambelli,Eric Reinders's Buddhism and Iconoclasm in East Asia: A History PDF

By Fabio Rambelli,Eric Reinders

this can be a cross-cultural examine of the multifaceted family members among Buddhism, its materiality, and situations of non secular violence and destruction in East Asia, which continues to be an unlimited and nonetheless mostly unexplored box of inquiry. fabric items are vitally important not only for Buddhist perform, but additionally for the conceptualization of Buddhist doctrines; but, Buddhism built ambivalent attitudes in the direction of such want for items, and an expertise that even the main sacred gadgets can be destroyed.

After outlining Buddhist attitudes in the direction of materiality and its vulnerability, the authors suggest a special and extra inclusive definition of iconoclasm-a idea that's as a rule no longer hired in discussions of East Asian religions. Case stories of spiritual destruction in East Asia are awarded, including a brand new theoretical framework drawn from semiotics and cultural reports, to deal with extra common matters with regards to cultural price, sacredness, and destruction, in an try and comprehend situations within which the prestige and the that means of the sacred in any given tradition is puzzled, contested, and finally denied, and the way spiritual associations react to these challenges.

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