The Miracles of the Kasuga Deity

Paperback | April 5, 2016

byRoyall Tyler

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In this annotated translation and study of an early fourteenth-century Japanese devotional picture scroll set, Royall Tyler illuminates the complex relationships between medieval Japanese religion and politics, text, and art. The Kasuga Gongen genki ("The Miracles of the Kasuga Deity") mingles text and painting on silk to tell the tale of miraculous events at the Kasuga shrine in Nara, a site favored by the dominant Fujiwara clan for centuries. The work's values are aristocratic, but the text sheds light on the syncretic nature of the era's religious practices, allowing Tyler to collapse the distinction between high and low forms of medieval Japanese religion. Tyler provides a detailed examination of the scrolls, the shrine, and their history and political role. He also elucidates the scrolls' relationship to literary genre and religious practice, including the interaction between Shintoism and Buddhism. His copious annotations describe the work's historical context, as well as its religious and cultural influences. This study is essential for scholars of religion, art historians, and cultural historians alike.

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In this annotated translation and study of an early fourteenth-century Japanese devotional picture scroll set, Royall Tyler illuminates the complex relationships between medieval Japanese religion and politics, text, and art. The Kasuga Gongen genki ("The Miracles of the Kasuga Deity") mingles text and painting on silk to tell the tal...

Royall Tyler taught Japanese language and literature for many years at the Australian National University. He has also taught at Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of Wisconsin. His translation of The Tale of Genji was acclaimed by publications such as the New York Times Book Review.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:314 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231069596

ISBN - 13:9780231069595

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsConventions and Official TidesIntroductionPart I1. The Work2. The Text3. The Shrine4. The Temple5. The Cult6. Forms and Dreams7. Poems and Plays8. The Sakaki Leaf DiaryPart II: The Miracles of the Kasuga DeityContents and PrefaceScroll 1Scroll 2Scroll 3Scroll 4Scroll 5Scroll 6Scroll 7Scroll 8Scroll 9Scroll 10Scroll 11Scroll 12Scroll 13Scroll 14Scroll 15Scroll 16Scroll 17Scroll 18Scroll 19Scroll 20BibliographyIndexMaps1. The Kasuga-Kofukuji Area2. The Kasuga Shrine3. Kofukuji

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This is the best study we have about the very important matter of miracle stories treated not just as literature but as religious lessons.