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    Charming Cadavers
    Horrific Figurations of the Feminine in Indian Buddhist Hagiographic Literature

    (Women in Culture and Society)
    by Liz Wilson

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    • Language: english
    • Author: Liz Wilson
    • Release date: December 1, 1996
    • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
    • Genres: death, buddhism, religion
    • ISBN: 9780226900544 (0226900541)
    • Format: paperback, 276 pages
    • Series: Women in Culture and Society

    About The Book

    In this highly original study of sexuality, desire, the body, and women,

    Liz Wilson investigates first-millennium Buddhist notions of

    spirituality. She argues that despite the marginal role women played in

    monastic life, they occupied a very conspicuous place in Buddhist

    hagiographic literature. In narratives used for the edification of

    Buddhist monks, women’s bodies in decay (diseased, dying, and after

    death) served as a central object for meditation, inspiring spiritual

    growth through sexual abstention and repulsion in the immediate world.

    Taking up a set of universal concerns connected with the representation

    of women, Wilson displays the pervasiveness of androcentrism in Buddhist

    literature and practice. She also makes persuasive use of recent

    historical work on the religious lives of women in medieval

    Christianity, finding common ground in the role of miraculous

    afflictions.

    This lively and readable study brings provocative new tools and insights

    to the study of women in religious life.

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