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Imagining a Place for Buddhism: Literary Culture and Religious Community in Tamil-Speaking South India

Anne E. Monius

Abstract

The intimate connection between religion and literature has become a commonplace assumption in the study of Christianity and Western culture, but in the study of South Asian religions, relatively little attention has been paid to the relationship. This study argues that, in early medieval South India, it was in the literary arena that religious ideals and values were publicly contested. While Tamil‐speaking South India is today celebrated for its preservation of Hindu tradition, non‐Hindu religious communities have played a significant role in shaping the religious history of the region. Among ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, Buddhist culture, Buddhist history, Buddhist literature, Hinduism, history, India, literary culture, Maṇimēkalai, religious history, South India, Tamil, Vīracōliyam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195139990
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195139992.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne E. Monius, author
University of Virginia
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