Receptacle of the Sacred (BOK)

Jinah Kim

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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.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Jinah Kim
Forlag
University Press Group Ltd
ISBN 9780520273863
Antall sider 432 Dimensjoner 15,9cm x 23,2cm x 2,6cm
Vekt 894 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd