Self and Self-transformation in the History of Religions

Self and Self-transformation in the History of Religions

eBook - 2002
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This title brings together scholars of a variety of the world's major civilizations to focus on the universal theme of inner transformation. The idea of the self is a cultural formation like any other, and models and conceptions of the inner world of the person vary widely from one civilization to another. Nonetheless, all the world's great religions insist on the need to transform this inner world, however it is understood, in highly expressive and specific ways. Such transformations, often ritually enacted, reveal the primary intutitions, drives, and conflicts active within culture. The individual essays - by scholars such as Wai-yee Li, Janet Gyatso, Wendy Doniger, Christiano Grottanelli, Charles Malamoud, Margalit Finkelberg, and Moshe Idel - study dramatic examples of these processes in a wide range of cultures, including China, India, Tibet, Greece and Rome, Late Antiquity, Islam, Judaism, and mediaeval and early-modern Christian Europe.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002
ISBN: 9781280531606
1280531606
9781423738718
1423738713
9781423726968
1423726960
9780195148169
0195148169
9780195144505
0195144503
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (xii, 268 pages) : illustrations

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