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Buddhist Visnu

Religious Transformations, Politics and Culture
Buddhist Visnu

Author(s) : Holt, John Clifford
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ISBN : 0231133235
EAN : 9780231133234
Cover : Paperback
Pages : 442
Size : 228 x 152mm
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Published : 2005
Category : Theravada Buddhism: Sri Lanka
Category 2 : Western Study of Buddhism
An examination of the assimilation, transformation, and subordination of the Hindu deity Vishnu within the contexts of Sri Lankan history and Sinhala Buddhist religious culture. Holt begins with a comparative look at the assimilation of the Buddha in Hinduism. He then explores the role and rationale of medieval Sinhala kings in assimilating Visnu into Sinhala Buddhism and argues that political agendas and social forces, as much as doctrinal concerns, have shaped the shifting patterns of the veneration of Vishnu in Sri Lanka.

Shifting to the present, Holt describes the efforts of contemporary Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka to discourage veneration of Vishnu, suggesting that many are motivated by a reactionary fear that their culture and society will soon be overrun by the influences and practices of Hindus, Muslims, and Christians.

"A convincing and timely study of how, outside of monotheistic traditions, religious rejection often follows from religious tolerance and how empathy easily breeds antipathy." Professor Stephen Teiser.
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