Buddhist Literature in Tamil-Speaking South India

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This product is a paperback book with 272 pages discussing the role of literature and literary culture in the formation and evolution of Tamil Buddhist religious identity and community. It focuses on two extant Buddhist Tamil texts, namely Maṇimēkalai and Vīracōliyam. The book sheds light on non-Hindu communities in South Indian literary and religious culture, such as Buddhists, Jains, and Ājiīvakas, who played a significant role in the region between the fourth and seventh centuries. The cover features a photograph of a 12th century Buddha statue. The book is written by Anne Monius, a Professor of South Asian Religions, and is published by Navayana.


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