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Buddhist Stupas in South Asia

Hawkes, Jason / Shimada, Akira:
Buddhist Stupas in South Asia : recent archaeological, art-historical, and historical perspectives / ed. by Jason Hawkes and Akira Shimada. - New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2009. - xlii, 346 S. : Ill., Kt. - (SOAS studies on South Asia)
ISBN 978-0-19-569886-2 / 0-19-569886-X
Rs. 895,00
US$ 19,46 (Eastern Book Corp.)
US$ 40,05 (DK Agencies)
-- Angekündigt für Januar 2009 --

Buddhist stūpas, found throughout the Indian subcontinent, are significant attractions in the pilgrimage, tourist, and cultural landscape of South Asia. Once symbols of the religious and cultural prominence of Buddhism, stūpas subsequently also became part of local or Hindu worship patterns.
    Thematically organized, this volume presents an engaging yet detailed account of stūpas. It examines their 'discovery' in colonial India by travellers, archaeologists, Indologists, and ethnographers. Specific case studies on Sanchi, Bharhut, and Amaravati are supplemented by wider discussions on their religious symbolism, urban context, temporal and socio-economic basis, commercial ethos, and cultural and literary production.
   Employing interdisciplinary approaches integrating archaeological, architectural, art-historical, and historical analyses, Buddhist Stūpas in South Asia utilizes a wide range of source material. This volume is richly illustrated with figures of panels, railings, ground plans and maps that provide stimulating visual substantiation of the analyses.
   In the introduction, Jason Hawkes and Akira Shimada highlight the multiple perspectives and also provide a historical overview for the study of Buddhist stūpas. [Verlagsinformation]

Preface and Acknowledgements
1. Jason Hawkes & Akira Shimada: Approaches to the Study of Buddhist Stupas
2. Himanshu Prabha Ray: The Archaeology of Stupas: Constructing Buddhist Identity in the Colonial Period
3. Jennifer Howes: The Colonial History of Sculptures from the Amaravati Stupa
4. Michael Willis: Relics of the Buddha: Body, Essence, Text
5. Andy Rotman: The Power of Proximity: Creating and Venerating Shrines in Indian Buddhist Narratives
6. Robert Brown: Nature as Utopian Space on the Early Stupas of India
7. Kurt Behrendt: Narrative Sequences in the Buddhist Reliefs from Gandhara
8. Robert DeCaroli: Shedding Skins: Naga Imagery and Layers of Meaning in South Asian Buddhist Contexts
9. Julia Shaw: Stupas, Monasteries and Relics in the Landscape: Typological, Spatial, and Temporal Patterns in the Sanchi Area
10. Jason Hawkes: The Wider Archaeological Contexts of the Buddhist Stupa Site of Bharhut
11. Xinru Liu: Buddhist Ideology and the Commercial Ethos in Kuan India
12. James Heitzman: The Urban Context of Early Buddhist Monuments in South Asia
13. Akira Shimada: Amaravati and Dhanyakastaka: Topology of Monastic Spaces in Ancient Indian Cities
14. Jonathan S. Walters: Stupa, Story and Empire: Constructions of the Buddha Biography in Early Post-Asokan India
15. Catherine Becker: Remembering the Amaravati Stupa: The Revival of a Ruin
16. Jinah Kim: What makes a Stupa?: Quotations, Fragments and the Reinvention of Buddhist Stupas in Contemporary India

JASON HAWKES Finds Supervisor at the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. Profile page.
AKIRA SHIMADA Assistant Professor at the Department of History, State University of New York, New Paltz. Faculty, History Department, New Paltz.

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