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The material culture of death in medieval Japan

Author: Karen M Gerhart
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study is the first in the English language to explore the ways medieval Japanese sought to overcome their sense of powerlessness over death. By attending to both religious practice and ritual objects used in funerals in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, it seeks to provide a new understanding of the relationship between the two. Karen Gerhart looks at how these special objects and rituals functioned by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen M Gerhart
ISBN: 9780824832612 0824832612
OCLC Number: 313078490
Description: xii, 259 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The rituals of death --
Death in the fourteenth century --
Funerals in the fifteenth century --
The material culture of death --
Objects of separation and containment --
Ritual implements for funerals and memorials --
Portraits of the deceased.
Responsibility: Karen M. Gerhart.

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