Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Hagiographical Strategies: A Comparative Study of the Standard Lives of St. Francis and Milarepa

Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Hagiographical Strategies: A Comparative Study of the Standard Lives of St. Francis and Milarepa

by Massimo A. Rondolino

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Overview

This book examines the potential of conducting studies in comparative hagiology, through parallel literary and historical analyses of spiritual life writings pertaining to distinct religious contexts. In particular, it focuses on a comparative analysis of the early sources on the medieval Christian Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) and the Tibetan Buddhist Milarepa (c. 1052-1135), up to and including the so-called ‘standard versions’ of their life stories written by Bonaventure of Bagnoregio (1221-1274) and Tsangnyön Heruka (1452-1507) respectively.

The book thus demonstrates how in the social and religious contexts of both 1200s Italy and 1400s Tibet, narratives of the lives, deeds and teachings of two individuals recognized as spiritual champions were seen as the most effective means to promote spiritual, doctrinal and political agendas. Therefore, as well being highly relevant to those studying hagiographical sources, this book will be of interest to scholars working across the fields of religion and the comparative study of religious phenomena, as well as history and literature in the pre-modern period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317156932
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/12/2017
Series: Sanctity in Global Perspective
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Massimo Alessandro Rondolino is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Carroll University, USA.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

 

Part One: The Early Lives

2 St. Francis of Assisi

3 Milarepa

4 Hagiological Reflections

 

Part Two: The Standard Lives

5 Bonaventure of Bagnoregio's St. Francis

6 Tsangnyön Heruka's Milarepa

7 Hagiological Reflections

8 Conclusion

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