Anne E. Monius

in Imagining a Place for Buddhism

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195139990
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834501 | DOI:

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An outline is given of what has been learned of historical Buddhist communities in South India from the examination in the book of the two extant Buddhist texts in Tamil that are complete – the Maṇimēkalai, and the Vīracōliyam. Each text has been shown to reveal a distinct moment in the way in which Tamil‐speaking Buddhist communities represented and imagined themselves. Nevertheless, it is also possible to discern certain thematic threads running through both texts and the Vīracōliyam commentary, and these are discussed.

Keywords: Buddhism; Buddhist history; Buddhist literature; literary culture; Maṇimēkalai; religious history; South India; Tamil; Vīracōliyam; Vīracōliyam commentary

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Subjects: Buddhism

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