Brides of the Buddha: Nuns' Stories from the Avadanasataka by Karen Muldoon-Hules

By Karen Muldoon-Hules

For younger women in early South Asia, marriage was once essentially the most vital occasion of their lives, because it principally made up our minds their socioeconomic and non secular destiny. but there was little within the manner of systematic examinations of the facts on marriage customs between Buddhists of this time, and our knowing of the lives of early Buddhist ladies continues to be rather constrained. This learn makes use of ten tales from the Avadānaśataka, the gathering of Buddhist narratives compiled from the second one to 5th centuries CE, to ascertain the social panorama of early India. the writer analyzes marital customs and the advance of nuns’ hagiographies, whereas revealing local diversifications of Buddhism in South Asia in this period.

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