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Thus I Have SeenVisualizing Faith in Early Indian Buddhism$
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Andy Rotman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195366150

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366150.001.0001

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Images and Imagination

Images and Imagination

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(p.177) 8 Images and Imagination
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Thus I Have Seen
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Andy Rotman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366150.003.0009

Chapter 8 reflects further on the role of images in Buddhist worship, and what the sculptures and paintings on Buddhist monuments in South Asia may be able to tell us about the ways of seeing of premodern Buddhist practitioners. Seeing Buddhist art, it seems, involved quite a bit of listening. The chapter considers more broadly the world of the visual in the Divyāvadāna and offers some suggestions with regard to the social and political transformations that may account for its construction.

Keywords:   Buddhist monuments, sculpture, paintings, visual world, images

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