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Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on a Contested Buddhist Site free pdf Bodhgaya has long been recognized as the place where the Buddha achieved enlightenment. This book brings together the recent work of twelve scholars from a variety of disciplines - anthropology, art history, history, and religion -- to highlight their various findings and perspectives on different facets of Bodhgaya's past and present. Through an engaging and critical overview of the place of Buddha's enlightenment, the book discusses the dynamic and contested nature of this site, and looks at the tensions with the on-going efforts to define the place according to particular histories or identities. It addresses many aspects of Bodhgaya, from speculation about why the Buddha chose to sit beneath a tree in Bodhgaya, to the contemporary struggles over tourism development, education and non-government organizations, to bring to the foreground the site's longevity, reinvention and current complexity as a UNESCO World Heritage monument in the north Indian state of Bihar. The book is a useful contribution for students and scholars of Buddhism and South Asian Studies.

About David Geary

David Geary is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Oxford, UK. He is researching international development, conservation practices and global governance in relation to Buddhist heritage. Matthew R. Sayers teaches religion at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, USA. His research focuses on the rituals of ancestor worship in the transition from Vedic to Classical expressions of Indian religiosity, focusing particularly on the ritual of sraddha. Abhishek Singh Amar works in the Department of Religious Studies at Hamilton College, USA. His research interests include archaeological history of Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions in pre-modern India.

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Author : David Geary
Publisher : Routledge
Data Published : 26 April 2012
ISBN : 0415684528
EAN : 9780415684521
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 224 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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