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Lovable LosersThe Heike in Action and Memory$
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Mikael S. Adolphson and Anne Commons

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824846756

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824846756.001.0001

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Kiyomori, Itsukushima, and Fukuhara

Kiyomori, Itsukushima, and Fukuhara

(p.58) Chapter Four Kiyomori, Itsukushima, and Fukuhara
Lovable Losers

Heather Blair

University of Hawai'i Press

The author examines the Heike’s religious practices, situating the Heike nōkyō (Sūtras Dedicated by the Heike, 1164) within a larger ritual context established by Taira no Kiyomori (1118-1181), which also involved the Heike’s development and sponsorship of Itsukushima Shrine in western Japan as a site of religious and political significance. Through the construction of his “ritual regime,” involving displays of piety through signature sites, rites, and texts, Kiyomori not only emulated existing aristocratic practices, particularly those of the regent Fujiwara no Michinaga (966-1027), but also built on existing court customs to lay the foundation of a new tradition for his envisioned Heike imperial line.

Keywords:   Taira no Kiyomori, Fujiwara no Michinaga, Heike nōkyō, Itsukushima, Lotus Sutra, Buddhism

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