Living Buddhist Statues In Early Medieval And Modern Japan

Living Buddhist Statues In Early Medieval And Modern Japan

by Sarah J. Horton
     
 

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A study of the surprising functions of Buddhist statues, which helped disseminate Buddhist beliefs among the populace in Tenth- and Eleventh-century Japan. Using ethnographic data drawn from present-day fieldwork and marshalling ancient textual evidence, Horton reveals the historical origins and development of modern Japanese beliefs and practices.

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A study of the surprising functions of Buddhist statues, which helped disseminate Buddhist beliefs among the populace in Tenth- and Eleventh-century Japan. Using ethnographic data drawn from present-day fieldwork and marshalling ancient textual evidence, Horton reveals the historical origins and development of modern Japanese beliefs and practices.

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"This is an excellent cross-disciplinary study that makes a valuable contribution to Japanese Buddhist studies - one that serious scholars in this field should read... Highly recommended." - CHOICE"[T]he book's emphasis on contemporary practices and attitudes, its focus on some of the little-studied texts that underlie these things, and its attention to a wide range of icons are fresh and welcome approaches; the medieval rituals and the miraculous stories Horton presents about Buddhist images are valuable documents." - Fabio Rambelli, Sapporo University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230261730
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
10/02/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Sarah J. Horton received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University. She is a scholar of East Asian religions and Japanese culture.

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