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Maurizio Peleggi

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824866068

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824866068.001.0001

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The Place of the Other in Temple Art

The Place of the Other in Temple Art

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(p.50) Chapter 3 The Place of the Other in Temple Art
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Monastery, Monument, Museum
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Maurizio Peleggi

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824866068.003.0004

Chapter 3 examines the “Othering” of Europeans (farang) and Indian/Middle Easterners (khaek) in temple murals and illuminated manuscripts as a reflection of two divergent sources of knowledge: the premodern geography rooted in Indo-Buddhist cosmogony, and the commercial and diplomatic exchanges of the early modern age. The chapter examines several specific depictions of foreigners in pictorial illustrations of the Buddhist cosmology of the Three World and in mural cycles of the Buddha’s legendary previous lives (jatakas).

Keywords:   Other/alterity, Buddhism, Cosmology, Jataka, Europeans, Muslims

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