Illuminating The Life Of The Buddha: An Illustrated Chanting Book From Eighteenth-century Siam by Naomi AppletonIlluminating The Life Of The Buddha: An Illustrated Chanting Book From Eighteenth-century Siam by Naomi Appleton

Illuminating The Life Of The Buddha: An Illustrated Chanting Book From Eighteenth-century Siam

byNaomi Appleton, Sarah Shaw, Toshiya Unebe

Hardcover | August 15, 2013

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Illuminating the Life of the Buddha investigates an outstanding eighteenth-century samut khoi, a type of beautifully illustrated, folded book found in Southeast Asia and popular as a repository for the Buddha’s teachings. Written in Pali and produced in Siam, the samut khoi features finely executed paintings on khoi paper portraying key stories from the Buddha’s past lives. These stories, known as the Jatakas, were the principal means by which Buddhist teachings were communicated and were thus a favored theme for samut khoi. However, this samut khoi stands out for its extensive series of paintings from the last life of the Buddha, including his final awakening and teaching, which are distinctive to the region.

Affording readers immense insight into a spectacular eighteenth-century manuscript, and Thai Buddhist manuscripts and temple culture as a whole, this book will be of great interest to art historians and scholars of Buddhism and Southeast Asia.
Naomi Appleton is a chancellor’s fellow in religious studies at the University of Edinburgh and the author of Jataka Stories in Theravada Buddhism.Sarah Shaw is a member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies and Wolfson College, University of Oxford; an honorary fellow of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies; and the author of several b...
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Title:Illuminating The Life Of The Buddha: An Illustrated Chanting Book From Eighteenth-century SiamFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 10.5 × 7.5 × 0.9 inPublished:August 15, 2013Publisher:BODLEIAN LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORDLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:185124283X

ISBN - 13:9781851242832

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Illustrated folios of the manuscript

Map of the manuscript

Preface

1 Introduction – Sarah Shaw

2 The past lives of the Buddha – Naomi Appleton

      Siricudama?i-Jataka

      Temiya-Jataka

      Janaka-Jataka

      Suva??asama-Jataka

      Nemi-Jataka

      Mahosadha-Jataka

      Bhuridatta-Jataka

      Candakumara-Jataka

      Narada-Jataka

      Vidhura-Jataka

      Vessantara-Jataka

3 The final life of the Buddha – Toshiya Unebe

      The birth of the Bodhisatta

      The four signs

      Leaving his family

      The great departure

      Cutting off the hair

      The lesson of the three strings

      The offering of milk-rice

      The victory over Mara

      The first sermon

      The return to Kapilavatthu

      The offering from elephant and monkey

      Taming the elephant

      The offering of a mango

      The miracles at Savatthi

      Teaching his mother in Tavati?sa Heaven

      The descent from Tavati?sa Heaven

      The cremation

      The division of the relics

4 The lifestory of a manuscript – Sarah Shaw

Notes

Bibliography

Glossary of key terms and figures

Index

Editorial Reviews

"Richly illustrated, . . . [Illuminating the Life of the Buddha] gives a good idea of what stories and themes have been considered important in popular tradition. . . . A suitable introduction to the illustrative traditions of late eighteenth century Thailand, and by extension. much of southern Buddhism."