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Reading the Mahavamsa: The Literary Aims of a Theravada Buddhist History

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by Kristin Scheible
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Reading the Mahavamsa: The Literary Aims of a Theravada Buddhist History by Kristin Scheible

Vam?sa is a dynamic genre of Buddhist history filled with otherworldly characters and the exploits of real-life heroes. These narratives collapse the temporal distance between Buddha and the reader, building an emotionally resonant connection with an outsized religious figure and a longed-for past. The fifth-century Pali text Mahavamsa is a particularly effective example, using metaphor and other rhetorical devices to ethically transform readers, to stimulate and then to calm them.

Reading the Mahavamsa advocates a new, literary approach to this text by revealing its embedded reading advice (to experience sam?vega and pasa¯da) and affective work of metaphors (the Buddha's dharma as light) and salient characters (na¯gas). Kristin Scheible argues that the Maha¯vamsa requires a particular kind of reading. In the text

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Pages: 256
Size: 4.1 MB
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Date published:   2016
Earliest download:  2016-11-01
ISBN: 9780231542609 (DRM-EPUB)

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