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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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A Miracle at Morihisa’s Execution

A Miracle at Morihisa’s Execution

Reading Legends of the Origin of Kiyomizudera

Chapter Ten A Miracle at Morihisa’s Execution
Lovable Losers

X. Jie Yang

University of Hawai'i Press

This essay focuses on Taira no Morihisa (n.d.), whose miraculous salvation from execution in Kamakura following the Genpei War is presented as a representative miracle of the Bodhisattva Kannon in the Kiyomizudera engi emaki (Legends of the Origin of Kiyomizudera, early sixteenth century). The author examines the construction and reconstruction of Morihisa’s story, first recounted in the thirteenth-century Nagato text of the Heike monogatari, for later audiences and genres, including emaki, nō, and the puppet theatre, and discusses issues of intertextuality and late-medieval reading practices.

Keywords:   Taira no Morihisa, emaki, , reading, voice, execution practices, miracles, Kiyomizudera engi emaki

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