Buddhist Rituals Death and Rebirth: Contemporary Sri Lankan Practice and Its Origins

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In Buddhist thought and practice, death has always been a central concept. This book provides a careful and thorough analysis of the rituals and social customs surrounding death in the Theravada tradition of Sri Lanka. Rita Langer describes the rituals of death and rebirth and investigates their ancient origins, analyzing social issues of the relationship between monks and lay people in this context. This aspect is of particular interest as death rituals are the only life cycle ritual in which Theravada Buddhist monks ...

Buddhist Rituals Death and Rebirth: Contemporary Sri Lankan Practice and Its Origins 2007, Routledge, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780415394963

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