Mountain at a Center of the World

Pilgrimage and Pluralism in Sri Lanka

«This original and creative work deserves reading and rereading. Readers will find in McKinley’s book important unfamiliar accounts of Sri Lanka’s plural religious histories as well as an introduction to a rich corpus of multilingual literary materials addressing the power of the Peak and its environment. The valuable translations will be of use to teachers and researchers. Encompassing all of this is an innovative approach to ethical reasoning about Sri Lankan natural and social spaces as McKinley invites us to 'abide by Sri Lanka' in new ways.»

Anne M. Blackburn, author of <i>Buddhist-Inflected Sovereignties across the Indian Ocean: A Pali Are
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Forlag
Columbia University Press
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780231210607
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
24 x 16 cm

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«This original and creative work deserves reading and rereading. Readers will find in McKinley’s book important unfamiliar accounts of Sri Lanka’s plural religious histories as well as an introduction to a rich corpus of multilingual literary materials addressing the power of the Peak and its environment. The valuable translations will be of use to teachers and researchers. Encompassing all of this is an innovative approach to ethical reasoning about Sri Lankan natural and social spaces as McKinley invites us to 'abide by Sri Lanka' in new ways.»

Anne M. Blackburn, author of <i>Buddhist-Inflected Sovereignties across the Indian Ocean: A Pali Are

«Drawing on close textual and ethnographic studies as well as on the insights afforded by friendships with ‘worker-pilgrims’ on the mountain, McKinley deftly locates the Peak in a variety of local, global, and planetary histories. Making the Peak the theoretical anchor of his reflections, McKinley invites us to learn how to listen to the mountain itself and especially the ethical demands that it makes on us.»

Charles Hallisey, Harvard Divinity School

«Mountain at a Center of the World folds Adam's Peak in Sri Lanka into a kaleidoscope of swirling perspectives, from history, from literature, and from the mountain itself. McKinley displays a fascinating and utterly brilliant ability to dance quite effortlessly between various different scholarly fields and weave together multiple threads of questions, interlacing mythological stories with their functionality in various religious and cultural contexts. I am truly bowled over by the author’s efforts.»

Vijaya Nagarajan, author of <i>Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual, and Ecology in India—An Expl

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