Departmental Bulletin Paper Buddhist View of Women Reflected in the Dragon Girl Image in the Chinese Translation of Buddhist Scriptures

徐, 磊  ,  Lei, XU

This paper discusses the origin of "Dragon" and examines the complex image of dragon girl in the Chinese translation of Buddhist scriptures to understand the Buddhist view of women as well as its unique historical and cultural connotations. In Buddhist stories, a dragon girl is sometimes a low and humble half-human and half-beast, sometimes a wise and noble Buddhist believer, and sometimes an alluring and seductive stunning beauty. This series of complex images of dragon girl reflects not only the influence of the Indian folk Naga beliefs on Buddhism and the need to promote the dissemination of Buddhism, but also the completely different doctrines of Mahayana Buddhism and Hinayana Buddhism as well as the male-centred cultural background shared by the two doctrines. It indicates that the complex images of dragon girl in the Chinese translation of Buddhist scriptures contain unique historical and cultural connotations and reflect the complex Buddhist view of women.

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