Illuminating the Life of the Buddha

I am pleased to say that a book I have been working on for several years with Sarah Shaw and Toshiya Unebe, which showcases an illustrated manuscript from 18th century Siam held in the Bodleian Library Oxford, is now out! You can see more or buy a copy on the Bodleian bookshop website here.

The manuscript depicts the final ten jātakas of the great Pāli Jātaka collection along with one Paññāsa Jātaka story, followed by scenes from the final life of the Buddha up until the distribution of his relics. All of these images are reproduced in the book along with some background to the manuscript and discussion of its history and contents, and a retelling of the stories and episodes depicted.

image002Incidentally, we had some discussion over the choice of cover image – and despite all the work I have been doing on the gods in Buddhism recently, I still do a double-take when I see a book about the Buddha’s multi-life-story illustrated with his rebirth as Brahmā! It is a fantastic image, however, as are the others from this manuscript – and those from the comparable manuscripts and Thai temple murals that are also included in the book. I hope people will enjoy it!

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About naomiappleton

I work in the Divinity School at the University of Edinburgh, where I research and teach subjects related to South and Southeast Asian religions.
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3 Responses to Illuminating the Life of the Buddha

  1. Mette High says:

    Congratulations on the new book! Can’t wait to read it!

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  3. anacruiz10 says:

    Congratulations! It looks great and I’m sure many people involved in the Buddhist culture and even just curious will take a look at it, I’ve been meaning to look into Buddha, maybe I will soon!

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