Esoteric Buddhism In Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks Of Masters, Texts, Icons


by Acri, Andrea (Ed.)

Esoteric Buddhism In Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks Of Masters, Texts, Icons

Price:  US$64.73   (SGD89.90*)
Format:  Paper Back, 468 pages
Published:  2016, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789814695084
SB#:  059502 (101)

About This Book

This volume advocates a trans-regional, and maritime-focused, approach to studying the genesis, development and circulation of Esoteric (or Tantric) Buddhism across Maritime Asia from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries AD. The book lays emphasis on the mobile networks of human agents ('Masters'), textual sources ('Texts') and images ('Icons') through which Esoteric Buddhist traditions spread. Capitalising on recent research and making use of both disciplinary and area-focused perspectives, this book highlights the role played by Esoteric Buddhist maritime networks in shaping intra-Asian connectivity. In doing so, it reveals the limits of a historiography that is premised on land-based transmission of Buddhism from a South Asian 'homeland', and advances an alternative historical narrative that overturns the popular perception regarding Southeast Asia as a 'periphery' that passively received overseas influences.


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