Naomi Appleton


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Research Interests

My primary research interest is the role of narrative in the construction and communication of religious ideas in early South Asia, within and between Buddhist, Jain and Brahmanical Hindu traditions. I research how stories are used to explore and express religious ideas such as karma and rebirth (for example through multi-life stories) and relationships to religious others (for example through the adaptation of a character, story or motif from another religious tradition or from a shared narrative pool).

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Biography and Buddhahood: Jātaka Stories in Theravāda Buddhism, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008

Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Seduced by Saṃsāra, Saved by a Flying Horse: A Study of the Aśvarāja and Siṃhala Stories, Cardiff University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Bachelor of Arts, Cardiff University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003


  • BL Religion
  • Buddhism
  • Jainism
  • South Asia
  • Narrative
  • BQ Buddhism


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