Chapter

Confronting Their Demons

Robert DeCaroli

in Haunting the Buddha

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195168389
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835133 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195168380.003.0009
Confronting Their Demons

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The relationship between Buddhism and popular deities unquestionably changed over time. With the emergence of new forms of Buddhism, the spirit deities take on new roles and, in some cases, even have connections to specific bodhisattvas. By converting and incorporating local deities into Buddhism, the Buddhists managed to garner public acceptance and ensure continued public support and these deities remain a consistent and important part of Buddhism, no matter its form. What emerges from this study is a methodology for Buddhist expansion that depended upon interaction with pre‐existent, indigenous systems of belief.

Keywords: Bodhisattva; Popular Deities; Buddhism

Chapter.  3765 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Buddhism

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