Acculturation as seen through Buddha's birthday parades in Northern Wei Luoyang
a micro perspective on the making of Buddhism as a world religion
Written by Poh Yee Wong (Dharma name: Shi Jue Wei 釋覺瑋). Link to the research document.
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Parading The Buddha
Localizing Buddha's Birthday Celebrations
Written By Venerable Dr Juewei
236 pages, 5.5 x 8.25, paperback
In the book Parading the Buddha Venerable Juewei examines Buddhist acculturation – how a tradition adapts to a new culture – through the lens of Buddha’s Birthday celebrations. Her research brings to life historical accounts of grand Buddha image processions during the Northern Wei dynasty around the resplendent capital Luoyang, then the largest city in the world, and how they changed the politics, relationships, and religious imagination of the people.