Brides of the Buddha

Nuns' Stories from the Avadānaśataka

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Karen Muldoon-Hules
  • Lanham, MD: 
    Lexington Books
    , June
     240 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Pascale Engelmajer forthcoming.


For young women in early South Asia, marriage was probably the most important event in their lives, as it largely determined their socioeconomic and religious future. Yet there has been little in the way of systematic examinations of the evidence on marriage customs among Buddhists of this time, and our understanding of the lives of early Buddhist women is still quite limited. This study uses ten stories from the Avadānaśataka, the collection of Buddhist narratives compiled from the second to fifth centuries CE, to examine the social landscape of early India. The author analyzes marital customs and the development of nuns’ hagiographies, while revealing regional variations of Buddhism in South Asia during this period.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Karen Muldoon-Hules is lecturer in the Asian Languages and Cultures Department and the Center for the Study of Religion at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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