The Buddhist Visnu: Religious Transformation, Politics, and Culture

The Buddhist Visnu: Religious Transformation, Politics, and Culture

John Holt's groundbreaking study examines the assimilation, transformation, and subordination of the Hindu deity Visnu within the contexts of Sri Lankan history and Sinhala Buddhist religious culture. Holt argues that political agendas and social forces, as much as doctrinal concerns, have shaped the shifting patterns of the veneration of Visnu in Sri Lanka.

Holt begins with a comparative look at the assimilation of the Buddha in Hinduism. He then explores the role… (more)

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (December 29, 2004)

Parent ISBN: 9780231133234

Language: English


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