Images, Miracles And Authority In Asian Religious Traditions

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In this edited volume, Richard Davis and his colleagues examine how religious images are understood by practitioners in Asia, how the miracles” associated with these images are to some degree programmed by expectations and responses, and how such religious events interrelate with political and social change and conflict. Unlike previous works on images in Asia, which focus almost exclusively on Hindu examples in India, this book significantly expands the inquiry to Jainism and Buddhism and moves beyond India to look at images in China and Japan as well. In his introduction, Davis discusses the ideological underpinnings behind various historical understandings of the nature of the miraculous, thus contextualizing the essays that follow.This important contribution to Asian studies and to the comparative study of religion should interest not only scholars of Asian religious texts but also students of Asian art history, architecture, and archaeology.

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Richard H. Davis is associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University and the author of Lives of Indian Images (1997) and Ritual in an Oscillating Universe: Worshiping Siva in Medieval India (1991).

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