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Introduction: The Cult of the Book and the Culture of Text

Charlotte Eubanks

in Miracles of Book and Body

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520265615
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947894 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520265615.003.0001
Introduction: The Cult of the Book and the Culture of Text

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This chapter introduces the connection between the sacred text and the devotional body in medieval Japan. It notes that the main focus of the book is on Buddhist texts, and stresses the importance of paying close attention to the language of the sutras, or the textual culture. The chapter then discusses the setsuwa, which serves as the main source of information on Buddhist textual culture in medieval Japan, and also examines miracles, literary Buddhism, the South Asian and Chinese forms of the sutras, and the definition of the term “medieval.”

Keywords: Buddhist texts; medieval Japan; textual culture; sutras; setsuwa; miracles; literary Buddhism; sacred text; devotional body; language

Chapter.  7473 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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