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Textual Transubstantiation and the Place of Memory

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/9780520265615.003.0005
Textual Transubstantiation and the Place of Memory

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This chapter describes the different ways the sutra fragment is able to fit into a humanoid form. It studies statuary and chirographic practice and considers literary evidence in order to argue that the voice served as a “musical shuttle” which flowed between the body, mind, and scroll. The chapter also studies the overlap between the descriptions of medieval practices of copying, chanting, and memorizing sutras, and furthermore considers some visual art forms in order to understand the material reality of sutra scrolls in the medieval period.

Keywords: sutra fragment; humanoid form; statuary practice; chirographic practice; literary evidence; musical shuttle; medieval practices; visual art forms; material reality; sutra scrolls

Chapter.  17226 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Buddhism

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