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Buddhist Iconography in the Butsuzozui of Hidenobu

Anita Khanna (Editor)

The volume presents the Buddhist iconography of Japan as depicted in the Butsuzozui, a collection of iconographic sketches of various Buddhas that falls under the genre of Zuzo collections of iconic drawings in black and white. Inspired by the Chinese style of paintings called Paihuo or Hakubyo, the over 800 sketches presented here bear reference to the landmark work of this genre compiled in ce 1175 under the title of Besson Zakki and are arranged on the basis of the treatise of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. Butsuzozui presents Buddhism as it has been adapted in Japan, with the collections of Buddhist icons divided into five parts. It contains the list of sources, especially the scriptures. It deals with the Chinese icons of Fudaishi and his sons - the laughing Buddhas; sketches on the birth of the historical Buddha, his search, sambodhi and parinirvana; the nine categories of Amida and the classification of the Seven Buddhas of healing (Shichi Yakubutsu). It introduces the amalgamation of Buddhist and the native Shinto deities, a unique feature of Japanese Buddhism. The sections that follow expand the list of the protector gods associated with the Japanese beliefs and the different historical personalities associated with the various sects of Buddhism in Japan.

The volume will interest scholars of Buddhist religion and art.

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About the author

Anita Khanna

Anita Khanna (b. 1953) had a stint as a Mombusho and Japan Foundation schoalr at Osaka University in Japan where she worked on Japanese literature for two years. She pursued her Ph.D. From Jawaharlal Nehur University. Japanese literature has been her forte, which took her back to Japan to the school of letters at Osaka University. Subsequently she worked on the juvenile literature of Meiji and Taisho period at the International Institute of Juvenile Literature in Japan and presented a research paper in their research journal. She worte her first book The Jataka Stories in Japan, that traced the development of the Indian motifs adapted in Japanese literature. She has also authored Some Japanese Stories and Stories of Buddha. Currently she is based at the Jawaharlal Nehur University teaching Japanese as an Associate Professor at the School of Languages, Literature and Culture Studies.

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Title Buddhist Iconography in the Butsuzozui of Hidenobu
Author Anita Khanna
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124605424, 9788124605424
length xiv+234p., 825 Line-drawings; References; Indices; 29cm.