Buddhism and Iconoclasm in East Asia: A History by Fabio Rambelli,Eric Reinders

By Fabio Rambelli,Eric Reinders

it is a cross-cultural learn of the multifaceted family among Buddhism, its materiality, and situations of spiritual violence and destruction in East Asia, which continues to be an unlimited and nonetheless mostly unexplored box of inquiry. fabric items are very important not only for Buddhist perform, but additionally for the conceptualization of Buddhist doctrines; but, Buddhism constructed ambivalent attitudes in the direction of such want for items, and an expertise that even the main sacred gadgets might be destroyed.

After outlining Buddhist attitudes in the direction of materiality and its vulnerability, the authors suggest a special and extra inclusive definition of iconoclasm-a idea that's as a rule no longer hired in discussions of East Asian religions. Case reviews of spiritual destruction in East Asia are provided, including a brand new theoretical framework drawn from semiotics and cultural reviews, to handle extra common matters concerning cultural worth, sacredness, and destruction, in an try to comprehend situations within which the prestige and the which means of the sacred in any given tradition is wondered, contested, and eventually denied, and the way non secular associations react to these challenges.

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