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Readings of the Vessantara Jataka

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Readings of the Vessantara Jataka by Steven Collins

The Vessantara Jataka is one of the most popular and influential Theravada Buddhist texts and the final and longest scripture in the Pali Canon. It tells the story of Prince Vessantara, who attained the Perfection of Giving by giving away his fortune, his children, and his wife. Prince Vessantara was the penultimate rebirth as a human of the future Gotama Buddha, and his extreme charity is frequently portrayed in the sermons, rituals, and art of South and Southeast Asia.

This anthology features sophisticated literary and anthropological analyses of the ethics of giving, understanding of attachment and nonattachment, depiction of the trickster, and unique performative qualities of the Vessantara Jataka. Contributors to the volume include well-respected anthropologists, textual scholars in religious and Buddhist studies, and art historians who unravel from multiple perspectives the text

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Ebook Details
Pages: 288
Size: 18.8 MB
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Date published:   2016
ISBN: 9780231541008 (DRM-EPUB)

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