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Shōtoku : ethnicity, ritual, and violence in the Japanese Buddhist tradition

Author: Michael Como
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Prince Shotoku (573?-622?), the purported founder of Japanese Buddhism, is widely referred to as Japan's first national hero. The cult that grew up around his memory is recognized as one of the most important phenomena in early Japanese religion. This book examines the creation and evolution of the Shotoku cult over the roughly 200 years following his deatha period that saw a series of revolutionary developments in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Como, Michael.
Shōtoku.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(DLC) 2005050855
(OCoLC)60558805
Named Person: Shōtoku Taishi; Shōtoku Taishi
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Como
ISBN: 9780198040736 0198040733 1281162701 9781281162700
OCLC Number: 252690867
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 240 pages)
Contents: Abbreviations and Citation Methods; Introduction; 1. Ethnicity and the Founding Legend of Japanese Buddhism; 2. Pure Land and the Millennium in the Early Shotoku Cult; 3. Ancestors, Estates, and Angry Gods in the Early Royal Cult; 4. Ethnicity, Sagehood, and the Politics of Literacy in the Early Shotoku Cult; 5. Violence, Vengeance, and Purification in the Early Shotoku Cult; 6. Shotoku and Gyoki; 7. Doji, Saicho, and the Post-Nihon Shoki Shotoku Cult; Conclusion; Appendix: Primary Sources for the Study of the Early Shotoku Cult; Glossary; Notes; Works Cited; Index.
Responsibility: Michael Como.

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Prince Shotoku, the purported founder of Japanese Buddhism, was one of the greatest cultural icons of pre-modern Japan. This book examines the creation and evolution of the Shotoku cult. It  Read more...

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Como's ideas are fresh, and they tickle the imagination ... throughout the book he shows a commendable grasp of the Japanese sources and secondary literature. * W. J. Boot, Monumenta Nipponica *

 
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