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Muroji: Rearranging Art and History at a Japanese Buddhist Temple

Muroji: Rearranging Art and History at a Japanese Buddhist Temple

by Sherry Dianne Fowler


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Concentrating on ritual context in conjunction with clear formal description of the sculpture and architecture, Fowler (Japanese art history, U. of Kansas) has written a fascinating study of the Buddhist temple of Muroji in Japan. Offerings of many thousand rice grain stupas (momito); rain-making ceremonies to the dragon of Mt. Muro; the importance of making donations to maintain the pagoda to ensure good rice harvest; Buddhist, Shinto, and ancient localized religious practice associated with Muroji; the architecture of the pagoda and temple; and the form and meaning of the extraordinary 9th and 10th- century (Heian) wooden sculptures that fill the temple are some of the threads she follows. The history is taken up to the present, with comments on shifts in pilgrim traditions and changing interpretations of the temple and its sculpture. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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ISBN-13: 9780824827922
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date: 03/30/2005
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 7.26(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.86(d)

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