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Miracles of Book and Body

Buddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan

Charlotte Eubanks

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Religion/Theologie


Miracles of Book and Body is the first book to explore the intersection of two key genres of sacred literature in medieval Japan: sutras, or sacred Buddhist texts, and setsuwa, or "explanatory tales," used in sermons and collected in written compilations. For most of East Asia, Buddhist sutras were written in classical Chinese and inaccessible to many devotees. How, then, did such devotees access these texts? Charlotte D. Eubanks argues that the medieval genre of "explanatory tales" illuminates the link between human body (devotee) and sacred text (sutra). Her highly original approach to understanding Buddhist textuality focuses on the sensual aspects of religious experience and also looks beyond Japan to explore pre-modern book history, practices of preaching, miracles of reading, and the Mahayana Buddhist "cult of the book."



materiality, book history, setsuwa, china, religion, sermons, buddhism, preaching, bodhisattvas, buddhist texts, sacred literature, embodiment, japan, indian scriptures, textual culture, transubstantiation, memory, religious texts, spirituality, amida, japanese didactic tales, nonfiction, sacred texts, sutra recitations, dharma, sutra, explanatory tales, east asia, medieval japan, miracles, affect theory, cult of the book, history of the book, scroll, mahayana buddhism, buddha, popular religion