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Protectors and Predators: Gods of Medieval Japan, Volume 2

Bernard Faure

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839314
eISBN:
9780824870508
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839314.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This book suggests that the gekokujō (“the world turned upside down”) model that informed and transformed medieval Japanese society also applied, mutatis mutandis, to the religious sphere. It ... More


Prologue

Bernard Faure

in Protectors and Predators: Gods of Medieval Japan, Volume 2

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839314
eISBN:
9780824870508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839314.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The Japanese Middle Ages is often perceived as the heyday of the honjui suijaku model of esoteric Buddhism, a model in which Indian buddhas are paired with Japanese kami. According to that model, all ... More


Earthly Powers: Bishamonten, Daikokuten, Enmaten

Bernard Faure

in Protectors and Predators: Gods of Medieval Japan, Volume 2

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839314
eISBN:
9780824870508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839314.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter focuses on three devas—Bishamonten, Daikokuten, and Enmaten—that transformed Japanese Buddhism, emphasizing their demonic origins and ambiguous nature. For all their differences, these ... More


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