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Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka

Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka

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Publisher Oxford University Press Inc
Year 31/01/1991
Pages 286
Version hardback
Readership level Professional and scholarly
ISBN 9780195064186
Categories Asian history, Religion: general, Buddhism, Religious groups: social & cultural aspects, Social & cultural anthropology
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This book offers a case study in religious and cultural change. Sri Lanka is the home of one of Asia's most pluralistic religious cultures; four major religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity - have found a permanent home within its boundaries. This makes it an ideal laboratory for the study of how religious traditions mix. John Holt here examines the career of a single deity, who began as the Indian Mahayana Buddhist bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, was assimilated to the indigenous Sinhala god Natha, and ultimately became identified with the bodhisattva Maitreya - the next Buddha of the future, expected by virtually all Buddhist traditions of Asia.

Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka

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