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





ISBN 9781472479051
Published January 24, 2017 by Routledge
242 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

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.

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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Biography

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