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Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal: Narratives and Rituals of Newar Buddhism

by Todd T. Lewis

Buy the book: Todd T. Lewis. Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal: Narratives and Rituals of Newar Buddhism

Release Date: October, 2000

Edition: Paperback

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Buy the book: Todd T. Lewis. Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal: Narratives and Rituals of Newar Buddhism


Excellent Material and Analysis

Although the book is geared toward scholarly readers, it uses a limitted amount of jargon and carefully explains the background of all of the texts provided, making it accessible ot any reader with an interest in this subject. Despite the popularity of Nepal as a destination for tourists, the religions of Nepal are very poorly understood by most Westerners. This book, by presenting texts which are actually popular among modern Newar Buddhists gives an excellent feeling for how the religion is understod by the people who live and practice it. On the more scholarly side, his discussion of the "domestication" of texts and the role of stories and ritual in culture is insightful, though there is clearly room for his argument to be taken further.

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