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Luczanits, Christian (2021) 'Why do Buddhists make art?' In: Harris, Elizabeth J., (ed.), Buddhism in Five Minutes. Sheffield: Equinox, pp. 248-253. (Religion in 5 Minutes)

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There is no term for “art” in Buddhist literature. Instead, the terms used make clear that what we understand as art today was made for a purpose. Buddhist texts also rarely explain this purpose, so the information has to be pieced together from scant references and the visual evidence itself. In the following, I focus on the Buddhist art of India and Tibet and consider the purpose of art parallel to the historical development of Buddhism.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Buddhism
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Arts > Department of the History of Art & Archaeology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BQ Buddhism
ISBN: 9781800500907
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2023 18:35

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