The Religious Traditions of Asia: Religion, History, and Culture
This essential student textbook consists of seventeen sections, all written by leading scholars in their different fields. They cover all the religious traditions of Southwest Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Tibet, and East Asia. The major traditions that are described and discussed are (from the Southwest) Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Islam, and (from the East) Taoism, Confucianism and Shinto. In addition, the tradition of Bon in Tibet, the shamanistic religions of Inner Asia, and general Chinese, Korean and Japanese religion are also given full coverage. The emphasis throughout is on clear description and analysis, rather than evaluation. Ten maps are provided to add to the usefulness of this book, which has its origin in the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Religion, edited by Mircea Eliade of the University of Chicago.
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PART TWO INNER ASIA AND TIBET
PART THREE EAST ASIA
activities ancestors Arabic Asian became belief biography Bon-pos Brahmanic Buddha Buddhism Burma canon centers Central Asia century ChĎan ChĎing China Chinese Christian classical Confucian court cult cultural deﬁned deities Dharma difﬁcult disciples divine doctrine dynasty early emperor established ﬁfth ﬁgure ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬁve ﬂourished gods groups Han dynasty Hindu Hinduism identiﬁed important India inﬂuence Inner Asia Islam Jain Jainism Japan king kingdom Korean later literature Mahayana major Malay meditation monasteries monastic Mongol monks movement mudang Muslim Nanak Neo-Confucianism ofﬁcial Pali period philosophical political popular practice reﬂected region religious rites Ritsuryo ritual role rule rulers sacred sacriﬁce Sarvastivadin scholars scriptures sectarian sects Shaykh Shinto shrines signiﬁcant social society South Asia Southeast Asia spirit steppe Svetambara Tantra Tantric Taoist teachings temples texts Thailand Theravada Tibet Tibetan Tiirk tion tradition translated Turkic ulamd Upanisads Vedic Visnu Western worship