Popular mythologies of evil: popular demonology in ancient India-- measures of dealing with the demonic-- popular demonology in Ceylon, Burma and Thailand-- the Asura-mythology-- the attitude to life manifested in animism.
Part 2 Buddhism without mythology: the relation of the Abhidhamma to the Dhamma-- the subject-matter and method of the Abhidhamma-- essential contrast between the naturalistic and the Buddhist attitude.
Part 3 The Buddhist symbol of the evil one: Mara's emergence from the popular demonology-- Mara as a specially Buddhist development-- Mara in Buddhist experience-- an alternative to Windisch's view-- the symbol of Mara in relation to Buddhist dotrine.
Part 4 The special value of the symbol of Mara: the Mara symbol - popular or monastic?-- the indigneous animism of the Threravada countries.
Part 5 Beyond mythology - religion and the demonic: the New Testament symbol of Satan, Satan and Mara - similarities and contrasts-- the conquest of the demonic, and the two aspects of religion-- the importance of a modern restatement of the demonic.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
An exploration of evil and evil figures in religious tradition, this book examines the popular mythologies of demons and evil spirits; the Buddhist path to overcoming the experience of evil; the legend of Mara, the Evil One; and the New Testament symbol of Satan and his relationship with Mara. (source: Nielsen Book Data)