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Pilgrims, Patrons, and Place: Localizing Sanctity in Asian Religions [Hardcover]

Phyllis Granoff , Koichi Shinohara

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May 1 2003 Asian Religions and Society Series

This book brings together essays by anthropologists, scholars of religion, and art historians to explore some of the most fundamental challenges that religious groups face as they expand from their homeland or confront the demands of modernity. The chapters span a broad geographical area that includes India, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, and China, and address issues from the classical and medieval period to the present. They show how sacred places have a plurality of meanings for all religious communities and how in their construction, secular politics, private religious experience, and sectarian rivalry can all intersect. 

A Buddha Dharma Kyokai Foundation Book on Buddhism and Comparative Literature.


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"Pilgrims, Patrons, and Place: Localizing Sanctity in Asian Religions" is an important marker of the growing awareness in Asian Studies of the significance of ?place? as a productive analytical category ... This volume will play a useful role in the scholar's library.? Frances Garrett, University of Toronto Quarterly, Winter 2004/05 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Anthropologists, religious scholars, and art historians contemplate sacred place and sacred biography in Asia to show how secular politics, religious experience, and sectarian rivalry intersect.

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