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A Bull of A Man (Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism)

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ISBN 13 9788192075297
Book Language English
Binding Hardcover
Total Pages 320
Author John Powers
Editor 2012
Product Dimensions 24 cm x 16.5 cm
Publishers Dev Publishers  
Category Books  
Weight 660.00 g

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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.