A Bull of A Man

A Bull of A Man

Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism

eBook - 2009
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"The androgynous, asexual Buddha of contemporary popular imagination stands in stark contrast to the muscular, virile, and sensual figure presented in Indian Buddhist texts. In early Buddhist literature and art, the Buddha's perfect physique and sexual prowess are important components of his legend as the world's "ultimate man." ... In this groundbreaking study of previously unexplored aspects of the early Buddhist tradition, John Powers skillfully adapts methodological approaches from European and North American historiography to the study of early Buddhist literature, art, and iconography, highlighting aspects of the tradition that have been surprisingly invisible in earlier scholarship. The book focuses on the figure of the Buddha and his monastic followers to show how they were constructed as paragons of masculinity, whose powerful bodies and compelling sexuality attracted women, elicited admiration from men, and convinced skeptics of their spiritual attainments."--Jacket.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, ©2009
ISBN: 9780674054431
0674054431
9780674033290
0674033299
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 320 pages) : illustrations
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