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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|Size: ||4.1 MB|
|Publisher: ||Columbia University Press|
|Date published: || 2016|
|ISBN: ||9780231542609 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|