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The Corpus Christi Devotion

Gender, Liturgy, and Authority among Dominican Nuns in Castile in the Middle Ages

Mercedes Pérez Vidal


Although well known in the case of Poor Clares or Cistercian nuns, the development of Corpus Christi devotion and liturgy in the Dominican nunneries has not been hitherto studied. This article analyzes these issues in the particular case of Dominican nuns in medieval Castile. The article discusses the role of these women in the development of devotional and liturgical performance, the artistic and architectonic consequences and peculiarities of the devotion of Corpus Christi, the changes in monastic spaces that resulted from it, and, finally, the use of Corpus Christi as a means of empowerment by some aristocratic nuns and foundresses.

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Belonging in a New Myanmar

Identity, Law, and Gender in the Anthropology of Contemporary Buddhism

Juliane Schober

socially engaged groups to anti-Muslim agitators. Regardless of who initiates monastic reform movements, they generally appeal to the foundations of discipline as the hallmark of monastic practice, emphasizing that monks, who are not subject to the state

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On Rewriting Buddhism

Or, How Not to Write a History

Ananda Abeysekara

like Parakramabahu I (1157–1186) was the sole author of the monastic reforms, bringing about the unification and centralization of various sects into a single fraternity. Gornall claims that the “political reality” of the new reforms of Parakramabahu I

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The Abduction of Romsey’s Abbess

Linda D. Brown

, monastic reformers had argued for greater security and stricter enclosure for nuns. As a secular woman, Marie realized uniquely female life experiences. She gave birth to two daughters, lived with Matthew as his wife, and later became effectively his widow

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Ritual Tattooing and the Creation of New Buddhist Identities

An Inquiry into the Initiation Process in a Burmese Organization of Exorcists

Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière

knowledge’ is a lay domain of religious practice, a complex one, which was broadly set apart from mainstream lay and monastic Buddhism during the nineteenth century in Burma. While the monastic reforms of kings Bodawpaya (1782–1819) and Mindon (1853

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Talal Asad

Talal Asad, Jonathan Boyarin, Nadia Fadil, Hussein Ali Agrama, Donovan O. Schaefer, and Ananda Abeysekara

. Rewriting Buddhism: Pali Literature and Monastic Reform in Sri Lanka, 1157–1270 . London : UCL Press . Hallisey , Charles . 1995 . “ Roads Taken and Not Taken in the Study of Theravāda Buddhism .” In Curators of the Buddha: The Study of Buddhism