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Rivals and Benefactors: Encounters between Buddhists and Brahmins in the Nikāyas

Black, Brian (2009) Rivals and Benefactors: Encounters between Buddhists and Brahmins in the Nikāyas. Religions of South Asia, 3 (1). pp. 25-43. ISSN 1751-2689

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Abstract

This paper will examine the portrayal of Brahmins in the Ambaṭṭha, Soṇadaṇḍa, and Kūṭadanta Suttas. As I will argue, the Brahmin characters in these suttas emerge as complexly ambivalent figures who are depicted, simultaneously, as competitors for royal patronage and as potential benefactors. Considering Brahmin characters in this way, I hope to offer some fresh insights into the teach- ings of these texts and into the imagined audiences of the composers.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Religions of South Asia
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 53791
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 01 May 2012 10:10
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53791

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