The Road to Redemption: Killing Snakes in Medieval Chinese Buddhism

  title={The Road to Redemption: Killing Snakes in Medieval Chinese Buddhism},
  author={Huaiyu Chen},
In the medieval Chinese context, snakes and tigers were viewed as two dominant, threatening animals in swamps and mountains. The animal-human confrontation increased with the expansion of human communities to the wilderness. Medieval Chinese Buddhists developed new discourses, strategies, rituals, and narratives to handle the snake issue that threatened both Buddhist and local communities. These new discourses, strategies, rituals, and narratives were shaped by four conflicts between humans and… 

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