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Receptacle of the sacred : illustrated manuscripts and the Buddhist book cult in South Asia /
Jinah Kim.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, [2013], c2013
description
xxv, 377 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520273869 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780520273863 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, [2013], c2013
isbn
0520273869 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520273863 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
8850841
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 351-366) and index.
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"This is an important work on the well known but little-studied Buddhist manuscripts created in eastern India during the last centuries of major Buddhist activity there. Her use of contemporary evidence in Nepal wonderfully grounds historical imagining of the cultic practices associated with books. Simply put, Jinah Kim has produced a scholarly jewel." --Dr. Janice Leoshko, Professor at the University of Texas at Austin
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"This is an important work on the well known but little-studied Buddhist manuscripts created in eastern India during the last centuries of major Buddhist activity there. Her use of contemporary evidence in Nepal wonderfully grounds historical imagining of the cultic practices associated with books. Simply put, Jinah Kim has produced a scholarly jewel." --Dr. Janice Leoshko, Professor at the University of Texas at Austin "A dazzling demonstration of the centrality of the Buddhist book cult in medieval India and Nepal. Illuminated books come alive in the hands of their scribes, painters, and donors, and for the reader as well. The most important work on late Esoteric Buddhism and its relationship to Mah y na and society at large since Ronald M. Davidson's 2002 Indian Esoteric Buddhism." --Rob Linrothe, Associate Professor at Northwestern University
Summaries
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In considering medieval illustrated Buddhist manuscripts as sacred objects of cultic innovation, Receptacle of the Sacred explores how and why the South Asian Buddhist book-cult has survived for almost two millennia to the present. A book "manuscript" should be understood as a form of sacred space: a temple in microcosm, not only imbued with divine presence but also layered with the memories of many generations of users. Jinah Kim argues that illustrating a manuscript with Buddhist imagery not only empowered it as a three-dimensional sacred object, but also made it a suitable tool for the spiritual transformation of medieval Indian practitioners. Through a detailed historical analysis of Sanskrit colophons on patronage, production, and use of illustrated manuscripts, she suggests that while Buddhism's disappearance in eastern India was a slow and gradual process, the Buddhist book-cult played an important role in sustaining its identity. In addition, by examining the physical traces left by later Nepalese users and the contemporary ritual use of the book in Nepal, Kim shows how human agency was critical in perpetuating and intensifying the potency of a manuscript as a sacred object throughout time.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
List of Figures in the Printed Bookp. xv
List of Figures and Diagrams Onlinep. xxi
Introduction: Text, Image, and the Bookp. 1
The Book
Buddhist Books and Their Cultic Usep. 23
Innovations of the Medieval Buddhist Book Cultp. 43
Text and Image
Representing the Perfection of Wisdom, Embodying the Holy Sitesp. 73
The Visual World of Buddhist Book Illustrationsp. 113
Esoteric Buddhism and the Illustrated Manuscriptsp. 149
The People
Social History of the Buddhist Book Cultp. 213
Epilogue: Invoking a Goddess in a Bookp. 271
Notesp. 287
Bibliographyp. 351
Indexp. 367
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