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Buddhism and the transformation of old age in medieval Japan

Author: Edward Robertson Drott
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This title charts the shifting sets of meanings ascribed to old age in medieval Japan, tracing the processes by which the aged body was transformed into a symbol of otherworldly power and the cultural, political, and religious circumstances that inspired its reimagination. Edward R. Drott examines how the aged body was used to conceptualise forms of difference and to convey religious meanings in a variety of texts.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Robertson Drott
ISBN: 9780824866860 082486686X 9780824866846 0824866843
OCLC Number: 948605846
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Gods of the earth and the making of the vital center --
"Lamenting gray hair" : the poetics of retirement in early Japan --
Decrepit demons and defiled deities : elders at the crossroads in late Heian Japan --
Between this world and the next : reappraising the aged body in medieval Japan --
From outcast to saint : overcoming pollution in an age of decline --
The eccentric avatar : reimagining the body of the bodhisattva in early medieval engi --
The graying of the gods : the return of the okina kami in medieval myth --
"Tranquil heart, gazing afar" : reimagining the aged body in noh.
Responsibility: Edward R. Drott.

Abstract:

This title charts the shifting sets of meanings ascribed to old age in medieval Japan, tracing the processes by which the aged body was transformed into a symbol of otherworldly power and the cultural, political, and religious circumstances that inspired its reimagination. Edward R. Drott examines how the aged body was used to conceptualise forms of difference and to convey religious meanings in a variety of texts.

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