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Asian Studies Guest Lecturer — Eva Pascal
April 6, 2015 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pmFree
The Asian Studies Department presents Eva Pascal (Boston University) who speaks on this topic: “Christian Friars and Buddhist Monks: Making of Buddhism as a Rival Religion.” Prior to the Iberian exploration, the western religious world was divided into four categories: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and all others under “Superstition.” This lecture explores the encounter between Spanish friars and Buddhist monks in Siam (modern day Thailand) in the 16th century. This encounter led to the rethinking of the then existing religious categorization and the recognition of the existence of a rival religious tradition across Asia that would come to be called “Buddhism.”