THE BODHISATTVA TRADITION AND THE HAGIOGRAPHER’S CRAFT
Hagiographic accounts have been read aloud as sermons, collected by courtiers and illustrated by renowned artists throughout history. Each collection narrates how exceptional individuals carried out the lofty ideals of their religion. Because the accounts are often fantastic and quite simple, some scholars may feel that they are not worth examining. However, these texts are excellent sources for learning about the intellectual and religious climate of the times.