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Relics and Relic Worship in Early Buddhism: India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Burma

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Relics and Relic Worship in Early Buddhism: India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Burma - Stargardt, Janice (Editor), and Willis, Michael (Editor)
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Among world religions, only Buddhism and Christianity attach a central significance to the role of relics. These two traditions, however, are different in both conceptual and material terms. In Buddhism, the most sacred relics are those considered parts of the cremated remains of the Buddha - a hair, a tooth, a small fragment of bone - or the tiny bead-like relics generated by the Buddha before entering nirvana. In contrast, Christianity venerates objects associated with Christ such as the thorns, the cross or his robe. ...

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Relics and Relic Worship in Early Buddhism: India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Burma 2018, British Museum Press, London

ISBN-13: 9780861592180

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