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Eastern Religious explores a great variety of topics including: the life of the Buddha; karma and rebirth; inspiring teachers and gurus; the life of Confucius; sacred Taoist texts; the epics of the Ramayana and Mahabharata; holy landscapes, shrines and festivals; enlightenment; and - for all the faiths - the spiritual and ethical teachings, art and architecture, sacred writings, ritual and ceremony, and death and the afterlife.
Also included in the volume are special documentary sections presenting extracts from and summaries of key texts and other invaluable reference material designed to illuminate central features of the religion.
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Michael D. Coogan, the general editor, is Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts and Director of Publications, Harvard Semitic Museum. He is the editor of The Oxford History of the Biblical World and The New Oxford Annotated Bible (3d Edition).
Vasudha Narayanan (Hinduism) is Professor of Religion at the University of Florida. Malcolm David Eckel (Buddhism) is Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University. Jennifer Oldstone-Moore (Taoism and Confucianism) is Assistant Professor at Wittenberg University, Ohio. C. Scott Littleton (Shinto) is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Occidental College, Los Angeles.
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