A Bull of A Man (Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism)
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|Product Dimensions||24 cm x 16.5 cm|
In this groundbreaking study of previously unexplored aspects of the early Buddhist tradition, John Power 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.