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Receptacle of the sacred : illustrated manuscripts and the Buddhist book cult in South Asia

Author: Jinah Kim
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2013] ©2013
Series: South Asia across the disciplines.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogues
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jinah Kim
ISBN: 9780520273863 0520273869
OCLC Number: 799025095
Description: xxv, 377 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Book --
Buddhist Books and Their Cultic Use --
Innovations of the Medieval Buddhist Book Cult --
Text and Image --
Representing the Perfection of Wisdom, Embodying the Holy Sites --
The Visual World of Buddhist Book Illustrations --
Esoteric Buddhism and the Illustrated Manuscripts --
The People --
Social History of the Buddhist Book Cult.
Series Title: South Asia across the disciplines.
Responsibility: Jinah Kim.

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In considering medieval illustrated Buddhist manuscripts as sacred objects of cultic innovation, this book explores how and why South Asian Buddhist book-cult has survived for almost two millennia to  Read more...

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"This book is of great value for graduate courses on Buddhist material culture, art historical methodology, or esoteric Buddhism." -- Purvi Parikh Religious Studies Review

 
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