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Battling the Buddha of LoveA Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built$
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Jessica Marie Falcone

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501723469

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501723469.001.0001

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Holy Place/TIRTHA

Holy Place/TIRTHA

Living in the Place of the Buddha’s Death

(p.141) Chapter 6 Holy Place/TIRTHA
Battling the Buddha of Love

Jessica Marie Falcone

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on the proposed site of the colossal Maitreya Project: Kushinagar, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The chapter explains the various communities and stake-holders of the Greater Kushinagar region that would be affected by the proposed MPI’s statue project. In order to examine the interacting communities of Kushinagar, I categorize people roughly along a spectrum of those least to most tied (or committed) to the fate of the town: pilgrims, short-term and long-term temporary visitors, and locals. I have introduced the locality here to set the stage for exploring the specific plight of local farmers fighting the Maitreya Project.

Keywords:   Kushinagar, Rural India, Uttar Pradesh, Maitreya Project, Pilgrimage in India, Buddhist pilgrimage in India, Tibetan Buddhist refugees

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