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Buddhism

  • By: Richard A. Gardner
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

Since its origin on the Indian subcontinent, Buddhism has been transmitted to a diverse range of cultures throughout Asia and more recently throughout the world. Buddhist thought and practice have thus been expressed in a variety of different languages and interacted with a variety of different cultures and religions. Because of its accommodative stance to other religions, Buddhism has often combined with or assimilated a range of religious traditions throughout Asia. It is thus difficult to reach any overarching generalizations about the role of humor in Buddhism. This entry focuses mainly on Buddhism in East Asia. This is not because humor is necessarily more prominent in this cultural area. It is mainly because studies of Buddhism and humor have focused primarily on East Asian sources ...

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