Including analyses by top academics in the field, this book takes a unique look at questions of power and asceticism in the Hindu, Jain and Buddhist traditions of South and Southeast Asia. Ideas about power and purity in these three traditions are crucially related to ascetic practices. Paradoxically, asceticism is in these traditions conceived not only as a means of world-renunciation but also as a means of world-transformation. However, the way in which the conflictual relationship between these two aspects is conceptualized and organized varies historically and regionally and is subject of ongoing religious contests and political negotiations. This is the first book to provide a comparative analysis of the related traditions and their history in relation to the questions of power and legitimacy throughout contemporary Asia.
Including analyses by top academics in the field, this book takes a unique look at questions of power and asceticism in the Hindu, Jain and Buddhist traditions of South and Southeast Asia.
Author: Peter Flügel
Category: Political Science
‘Boundaries, Dynamics and Construction of Traditions in South Asia’ explores the dynamic constructions and applications of the concept of ‘tradition’ that occurred within the South Asian context during the ancient and pre-colonial periods. This collection of essays features a significant selection of the specialized fields of knowledge that have shaped classical South Asian intellectual history, and the aim of this volume is to offer a stimulating anthology of papers on the different and complex processes employed during the ‘invention’, construction, preservation and renewal of a given tradition.
565-579. ______ (forthcoming), The Householder Ascetic and the Uses of Self-
discipline, in Fl gel, P., Houtman, G. (eds.), Asceticism and Power in South and
Southeast Asia, Curzon Press, London. L ders, H. (1961), Mathurå Inscriptions ...
Author: Federico Squarcini
Publisher: Anthem Press
Scholars of religion have always been fascinated by asceticism. Some have even regarded this radical way of life-- the withdrawal from the world, combined with practices that seriously affect basic bodily needs, up to extreme forms of self-mortification --as the ultimate form of a true religious quest. This view is rooted in hagiographic descriptions of prominent ascetics and in other literary accounts that praise the ascetic life-style. Scholars have often overlooked, however, that in the history of religions ascetic beliefs and practices have also been strongly criticized, by followers of the same religious tradition as well as by outsiders. The respective sources provide sufficient evidence of such critical strands but surprisingly as yet no attempt has been made to analyze this criticism of asceticism systematically. This book is a first attempt of filling this gap. Ten studies present cases from both Asian and European traditions: classical and medieval Hinduism, early and contemporary Buddhism in South and East Asia, European antiquity, early and medieval Christianity, and 19th/20th century Aryan religion. Focusing on the critics of asceticism, their motives, their arguments, and the targets of their critique, these studies provide a broad range of issues for comparison. They suggest that the critique of asceticism is based on a worldview differing from and competing with the ascetic worldview, often in one and the same historical context. The book demonstrates that examining the critics of asceticism helps understand better the complexity of religious traditions and their cultural contexts. The comparative analysis, moreover, shows that the criticism of asceticism reflects a religious worldview as significant and widespread in the history of religions as asceticism itself is.
Patrick Olivelle, "Power of Words: The Ascetic Appropriation and Semantic
Evolution of Dharma" in Asceticism and Power in South and Southeast Asia, ed.
Peter Flugel and Gustaaf Houtman (London: Routledge), forthcoming. 6. Louis
Author: Oliver Freiberger
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Contemporary Thailand has seen the rise of an immense cult focused on King Chulalongkorn the Great (r. 1868-1910). In Worshipping the Great Moderniser, Irene Stengs explores the continuing appeal of King Chulalongkorn and considers what this ruler's unprecedented popularity says about modern Thai society. Arguing that the exalted expectations of kingship are a product of the ambitions and anxieties of Thailand's expanding middle class, she compares the popular image of King Chulalongkorn with that of the present king, the highly venerated King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Stengs demonstrates how ideas and imaginings of Thainess, modernity, and kingship have culminated in what she terms "modern Buddhist kingship," a concept that draws on traditional idioms but is highly modern. Her search for the social imaginary surrounding Thai kingship and Thainess during the past century and a half yields an intriguing amalgam of popular religion, Buddhist kingship, nationalism, and material culture.
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Gustaaf Houtman . London : Routledge , 2009 . Stevenson , Ian . “ Characteristics
of Cases of the Reincarnation Type in Turkey and Their Comparison with Cases
Author: Irene Stengs
This volume brings together sixteen articles on the religions, literatures and histories of South and Central Asia in tribute to Patrick Olivelle, one of North America's leading Sanskritists and historians of early India. An exceptionally prolific scholar, Olivelle's best-known works include 'Manu's Code of Law' (2005), 'The Early Upaniṣads' (1998) and 'The Āśrama System' (1993). Over the last four decades, the focus of his scholarship has been on the ascetic and legal traditions of India, but his work as both a researcher and a teacher extends beyond early Indian religion and literature. 'Religion and Identity and South Asia and Beyond' is a testament to that influence. The contributions in this volume, many by former students of Olivelle, are committed to linguistic and historical rigor, combined with sensitivity to how the study of Asia has been changing over the last several decades. Several of the essays examine the construction of religious and cultural identity (whether among Brahmins, Buddhists, Dalits or Muslims), while others are concerned particularly with problems of historical reconstruction and textual interpretation.
(2010), “The Householder Ascetic and the Uses of Self- Discipline” in Asceticism
and Power in South and Southeast Asia, ed. P. Fl gel and G. Houtman, Royal
Asiatic Society Books (London: Routledge). Mitra, R. (1870-1879), Agni-Purana.
Author: Steven E. Lindquist
Publisher: Anthem Press
Late in February she participated in the conference Asceticism and power in Asia
in London with a talk on The ... talk The thanksgiving ritual ' wayang gandrung ' at
the seminar for South - East Asia culture of the Oriental Faculty on March 26 .
Category: Southeast Asia
Compilation and study of the Sanskrit words from the languages of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia and Thailand.
Author: Satyavrat Sastri
Category: Sanskrit language
The chief difference in form is that the kundika the water bottle of ascetics and
religious students possesses a funnel , while ... It indicates a divine power
bestowing Life and Immortality , and , in contrast with the kamandalu or kundika ,
has no ...
Author: Nandana Chutiwongs
Category: Avalokiteśvara (Buddhist deity)
described as a saint and ascetic , free from all passion . Professor C. C. Berg of
Leiden , who has ... Siva - Buddha was thus an Indian cloak sheltering a native
cult of great antiquity and power . The different versions of Kertanagara's reign ...
Author: Daniel George Edward Hall
Category: Southeast Asia
Shiva as the destroyer and ascetic . ... The power to help wielded by saints and
by talismans is a secondary power , deriving from their intermediate role between
a deity ... In the Hindu and Buddhist climates of South and Southeast Asia , the
saintly man cuts off contact with the mundane world in order to achieve salvation .
Author: John Richard Bowen
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Category: Anthropology of religion
Amitagati , Mapdodari's mother is said to 28 According to the Skanda - Purāna ( V
. be a frog - woman , who swallows the sperm 3.67 ) , Lord Siva bestows upon a
demon of Maya the ascetic . Moreover , the motif named Kalaprstha the power of
Category: Southeast Asia
south and South Asian taso were bleeding from the goad , and on the men toiling
beneath the noon sun , and on the birds devouring hapless insects . ...
Addressed by the guardian deva of the wood about the cause of this
unprecedented power that had halted them and stopped them ... Years of
wandering as an ascetic Once he had turned his back on worldly life and had left
the boundaries of his father's ...
Category: South Asia
Within 17 months , Ne Win's mailed fist had put the government's house in order ,
and he chivalrously handed power back to a re - elected U Nu . Once again , U
Nu proved too retiring for the task , and in 1962 No Win took over again , this time
Category: East Asia
A volume dedicated to the many-splendoured culture of Indonesia with contributions by scholars from Australia,France,Germany,India,Indonesia,
As for identifying a demonic offspring of Śiva , it is true that the classical myth
describes how Śiva the ascetic covers himself in ... a skull in his right hand ) to
replenish the power of tapas destroyed by the power of the Kāma ( seed ) ( O'
Flaherty 1973 : 56-57 ) . And when Śiva couples with the sage's wives , he re -
enacts the sin which brought him to the 90 THE ART AND CULTURE OF SOUTH
Author: Lokesh Chandra
Category: Art, Southeast Asian
The term , pakku , also means a “ big " , belonging to an ascetic . ... Several
images purported to represent Agastya have been found found in South - east
Asia , and although the images Although South - east Asian court brahmans
possessed no real political power , nevertheless they were very heavily relied on
by the ...
The Khmer inscription of Prah Vihar , dated 1048 ( quoted above ) , declared the
power of Suryavarman I in obtaining knowledge about the shift of the ... The
inscription makes it clear that the king achieved this power through his asceticism
Category: South Asia
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