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Introduction: The Cult of the Book and the Culture of Text

Charlotte Eubanks

in Miracles of Book and Body: Buddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520265615
eISBN:
9780520947894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520265615.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter introduces the connection between the sacred text and the devotional body in medieval Japan. It notes that the main focus of the book is on Buddhist texts, and stresses the importance of ... More


Portraits of the Deceased

Karen M. Gerhart

in The Material Culture of Death in Medieval Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832612
eISBN:
9780824868888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832612.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the types of portraits used at funerals and memorial services. In medieval Japan, portraits of the deceased were considered ritual implements essential to Buddhist funerals and ... More


At the Crossroads of Birth and Death: The Blood Pool Hell and Postmortem Fetal Extraction

Hank Glassman

in Death and the Afterlife in Japanese Buddhism

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832049
eISBN:
9780824869250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832049.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter focuses on the opposition between Buddhist ideals of world renunciation and the persistence of familial bonds. In addressing the theme of death and mothers, the chapter examines how ... More


Nun Abutsu and Women’s Writing in Medieval Japan

Christina Laffin

in Rewriting Medieval Japanese Women: Politics, Personality, and Literary Production in the Life of Nun Abutsu

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835651
eISBN:
9780824871215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835651.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to trace the life and works of an extraordinary thirteenth-century woman who is known today as Nun Abutsu. By mapping the career of Abutsu and ... More


Confluences of Medicine in Medieval Japan: Buddhist Healing, Chinese Knowledge, Islamic Formulas, and Wounds of War

Andrew Edmund Goble

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835002
eISBN:
9780824870317
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835002.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This is the first book-length exploration in English of issues of medicine and society in premodern Japan. The book expands the parameters of the study of medicine in East Asia and introduces the ... More


Death in the Fourteenth Century

Karen M. Gerhart

in The Material Culture of Death in Medieval Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832612
eISBN:
9780824868888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832612.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter describes the funerals of, and subsequent memorial services for, two members of a family of court officials in mid-fourteenth century Japan. Rituals associated with death among the ... More


Objects of Separation and Containment

Karen M. Gerhart

in The Material Culture of Death in Medieval Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832612
eISBN:
9780824868888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832612.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines a range of built structures that were used in medieval Japan to enclose and contain the body after death and to separate the dead from the living. In Japan, as in most cultures, ... More


Ritual Implements for Funerals and Memorials

Karen M. Gerhart

in The Material Culture of Death in Medieval Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832612
eISBN:
9780824868888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832612.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the primary ritual implements used in funerals and memorials. In medieval Japan, death rituals required the use of special objects whose meaning lay in their roles in funerary ... More


Beyond Death and the Afterlife: Considering Relic Veneration in Medieval Japan

Brian O. Ruppert

in Death and the Afterlife in Japanese Buddhism

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832049
eISBN:
9780824869250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832049.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter looks at the funerary and mortuary dimension in premodern Japan of the worship of relics. The account of the Buddha's cremation has didactic value as a dramatic performance of ... More


Funerals in the Fifteenth Century

Karen M. Gerhart

in The Material Culture of Death in Medieval Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832612
eISBN:
9780824868888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832612.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter focuses on rituals performed at funerals in fifteenth-century Japan, including the closing of the coffin lid, moving the coffin out of the residence and to the cremation site, and the ... More


Miracles of Book and Body: Buddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan

Charlotte Eubanks

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520265615
eISBN:
9780520947894
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520265615.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book explores the intersection of two key genres of sacred literature in medieval Japan: sutras, or sacred Buddhist texts; and setsuwa, or “explanatory tales,” used in sermons and collected in ... More


Plotting the Prince: Shotoku Cults and the Mapping of Medieval Japanese Buddhism

Kevin Gray Carr

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834630
eISBN:
9780824871437
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834630.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book traces the development of conceptual maps of the world created through the telling of stories about Prince Shōtoku (573–622), an eminent statesman who is credited with founding Buddhism in ... More


The Material Culture of Death in Medieval Japan

Karen M. Gerhart

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832612
eISBN:
9780824868888
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832612.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This book explores the ways in which 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 ... More


Introduction

Karen M. Gerhart

in The Material Culture of Death in Medieval Japan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832612
eISBN:
9780824868888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832612.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History

This book examines the material culture of death, and particularly how ritual objects functioned in death rituals, in Japan in the early medieval period. Through a close reading and interpretation of ... More


The Seven Tengu Scrolls: Evil and the Rhetoric of Legitimacy in Medieval Japanese Buddhism

Haruko Wakabayashi

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834166
eISBN:
9780824869700
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834166.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book is a study of visual and textual images of the mythical creature tengu from the late Heian (897–1185) to the late Kamakura (1185–1333) periods. Popularly depicted as half-bird, half-human ... More


Warfare, Wound Medicine, and Song Medical Knowledge

Andrew Edmund Goble

in Confluences of Medicine in Medieval Japan: Buddhist Healing, Chinese Knowledge, Islamic Formulas, and Wounds of War

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835002
eISBN:
9780824870317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835002.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the emergence of wound medicine as a medical specialty in response to the eruption of violence and warfare in Japan in the early fourteenth century, with particular emphasis on ... More


Song Medicine: A View from Japan

Andrew Edmund Goble

in Confluences of Medicine in Medieval Japan: Buddhist Healing, Chinese Knowledge, Islamic Formulas, and Wounds of War

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835002
eISBN:
9780824870317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835002.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the impact of Song medical texts in medieval Japan and more specifically how they restructured the landscape of knowledge about Japanese medicine. Against a background of the ... More


A Woman’s Guide to Career Success: Nun Abutsu and Court Life in The Nursemaid’s Letter

Christina Laffin

in Rewriting Medieval Japanese Women: Politics, Personality, and Literary Production in the Life of Nun Abutsu

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835651
eISBN:
9780824871215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835651.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter considers Nun Abutsu's early life and what her upbringing and career at court tell us about the lives of women who served as attendants. It focuses on The Nursemaid's Letter, a lengthy ... More


Politics and Poetry: Diary of the Sixteenth Night Moon as a Literary Appeal

Christina Laffin

in Rewriting Medieval Japanese Women: Politics, Personality, and Literary Production in the Life of Nun Abutsu

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835651
eISBN:
9780824871215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835651.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter chronicles Abutsu's journey from the capital to Kamakura and considers why she undertook this arduous and perhaps unnecessary trip to represent her interests in a legal case against her ... More


Lover and Nun: Embodying the Heroine in Fitful Slumbers

Christina Laffin

in Rewriting Medieval Japanese Women: Politics, Personality, and Literary Production in the Life of Nun Abutsu

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835651
eISBN:
9780824871215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835651.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter takes up one of Abutsu's best-known works, her diary Fitful Slumbers. The diary demonstrates her vast knowledge of The Tale of Genji, a talent that enables her to position herself as ... More


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