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Title Strange tales of an Oriental idol : an anthology of early European portrayals of the Buddha / edited by Donald S. Lopez Jr
Published Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 259 pages)
Series Buddhism and modernity
Buddhism and modernity
Contents From 200 to 1500 -- From 1501 to 1600 -- From 1601 to 1700 -- From 1701 to 1800 -- From 1801 to 1844
Summary We tend to think that the Buddha has always been seen as the compassionate sage admired around the world today, but until the nineteenth century, Europeans often regarded him as a nefarious figure, an idol worshipped by the pagans of the Orient. Donald S. Lopez Jr. offers here a rich sourcebook of European fantasies about the Buddha drawn from the works of dozens of authors over fifteen hundred years, including Clement of Alexandria, Marco Polo, St. Francis Xavier, Voltaire, and Sir William Jones. Featuring writings by soldiers, adventurers, merchants, missionaries, theologians, and colonial officers, this volume contains a wide range of portraits of the Buddha. The descriptions are rarely flattering, as all manner of reports some accurate, some inaccurate, and some garbled came to circulate among European savants and eccentrics, many of whom were famous in their day but are long forgotten in ours. Taken together, these accounts present a fascinating picture, not only of the Buddha as he was understood and misunderstood for centuries, but also of his portrayers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Gautama Buddha -- Early works to 1800
Gautama Buddha -- Christian interpretations
Gautama Buddha -- Cult -- Europe -- History
Gautama Buddha.
Buddhism -- Study and teaching -- Europe -- History
Buddhism -- Study and teaching.
Christian interpretations of Gautama Buddha.
RELIGION -- Comparative Religion.
Genre/Form Early works.
Form Electronic book
Author Lopez, Donald S., Jr., 1952- editor
ISBN 022639106X (electronic book)
9780226391069 (electronic book)
(paperback ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)