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Pilgrims, Patrons, and Place
Localizing Sanctity in Asian Religions
Phyllis Granoff   Koichi Shinohara  

$97.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 5/1/2003
ISBN: 9780774810388    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2004
ISBN: 9780774810395    

392 Pages

A Buddha Dharma Kyokai Foundation Book on Buddhism and Comparative Religion

Asian Religions and Society series


About the Book

UBC Press is pleased to announce a new series in Asian religions. Pilgrims, Patrons, and Place, a Buddha Dharma Kyokai Foundation Book on Buddhism and Comparative Literature, is the first book in this series. Click here to see other titles in this series.

This book brings together essays by anthropologists, scholars of religion, and art historians on the subject of sacred place and sacred biography in Asia. The chapters span a broad geographical area that includes India, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, and China, and explore issues from the classical and medieval period to the present. They show how
sacred places have a plurality of meanings for all religious communities and how in their construction, secular politics, private religious experience, and sectarian rivalry can all intersect.

The contributors explore some of the most fundamental challenges that religious groups face as they expand from their homeland or confront the demands of modernity. In every case the biography of a saint or founding figure proves to be central to the formation of religious identity. Sacred place becomes a means of concretizing the ever-expanding sphere of the saint’s influence. While some chapters deal with well- known religious movements and sites, others discuss little known groups and help to enrich our understanding of the diversity of religious belief in Asia.

The book will be of interest not only to scholars of Asian religion and hagiography, but to others who seek to understand the ways in which religious groups accommodate to the challenges of new environments and new times.

About the Author(s)

Phyllis Granoff and Koichi Shinohara are both professors in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University. Neil McMullin is the general editor of Buddha Dharma Kyokai Foundation books, and professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents


Introduction - Pilgrims, Patrons, and Place: Localizing Sanctity in Asian Religions
Phyllis Granoff and Koichi Shinohara

1 The Twenty-four Dioceses and Zhang Daoling: The Spatio-Liturgical Organization of Early Heavenly Master Taoism
Franciscus Verellen

2 The Story of the Buddha’s Begging Bowl: Imagining a Biography and Sacred Places
Koichi Shinohara

3 Where Ascetics Get Comfort and Recluses Go Public: Museums for Buddhist Saints in Thailand
Louis Gabaude

4 Paradise Found, Paradise Lost: Hariram Vyas’s Love for Vrindaban and What Hagiographers Made of It
Heidi Pauwels

5 Pilgrimage as Revelation: Sankaradeva’s Journey to Jagannatha Puri
Phyllis Granoff

6 The ‘Early Hindi’ Hagiographies by Anantadas
Winand M. Callewaert

7 Dvaraka: The Making of a Sacred Place
André Couture

8 Place in the Sacred Biography at Borobudur
Robert L. Brown

9 Ratannath’s Travels
Véronique Bouillier

10 The Interweave of Place, Space, and Biographical Discourse at a South Indian Religious Centre
K.I. Koppedrayer

11 Portratiure and Jain Sacred Place: The Patronage of the Ministers Vastupala and Tejahpala
Jack C. Laughlin

12 Saints and Scared Places in Saurashtra and Kutch: The Cases of the Naklamki Cult and the Jakhs
Françoise Mallison



Pilgrims, Patrons, and Place: Localizing Sanctity in Asian Religions is an important marker of the growing awareness in Asian Studies of the significance of ‘place’ as a productive analytical category.

Although too specialized for use in an undergraduate course, this volume will play a useful role in the scholar’s library.

Frances Garrett, University of Toronto Quarterly, Winter 2004/05

Sample Chapter

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Asian Studies

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