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The Resource Protectors and Predators : Gods of Medieval Japan, Volume 2, Bernard Faure

Protectors and Predators : Gods of Medieval Japan, Volume 2, Bernard Faure

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Protectors and Predators : Gods of Medieval Japan, Volume 2
Title
Protectors and Predators
Title remainder
Gods of Medieval Japan, Volume 2
Statement of responsibility
Bernard Faure
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Author
Subject
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Language
eng
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Faure, Bernard
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other
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no index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Buddhist gods
  • Buddhist gods
  • Japan
  • RELIGION / Buddhism / History
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specialized
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Protectors and Predators : Gods of Medieval Japan, Volume 2, Bernard Faure
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Written by one of the leading scholars of Japanese religion, Protectors and Predators is the second installment of a multivolume project that promises to be a milestone in our understanding of the mythico-ritual system of esoteric Buddhism--specifically the nature and roles of deities in the religious world of medieval Japan and beyond. Bernard Faure introduces readers to medieval Japanese religiosity and shows the centrality of the gods in religious discourse and ritual. Throughout he engages theoretical insights drawn from structuralism, post-structuralism, and Actor-Network Theory to retrieve the "implicit pantheon" (as opposed to the "explicit orthodox pantheon") of esoteric Japanese Buddhism (Mikkyō). His work is particularly significant given its focus on the deities' multiple and shifting representations, overlappings, and modes of actions rather than on individual characters and functions.In Protectors and Predators Faure argues that the "wild" gods of Japan were at the center of the medieval religious landscape and came together in complex webs of association not divisible into the categories of "Buddhist," "indigenous," or "Shinto." Furthermore, among the most important medieval gods, certain ones had roots in Hinduism, others in Daoism and Yin-Yang thought. He displays vast knowledge of his subject and presents his research--much of it in largely unstudied material--with theoretical sophistication. His arguments and analyses assume the centrality of the iconographic record as a complement to the textual record, and so he has brought together a rich and rare collection of more than 170 color and black-and-white images. This emphasis on iconography and the ways in which it complements, supplements, or deconstructs textual orthodoxy is critical to a fuller comprehension of a set of medieval Japanese beliefs and practices and offers a corrective to the traditional division of the field into religious studies, which typically ignores the images, and art history, which oftentimes overlooks their ritual and religious meaning.Protectors and Predators and its companion volumes should persuade readers that the gods constituted a central part of medieval Japanese religion and that the latter cannot be reduced to a simplistic confrontation, parallelism, or complementarity between some monolithic teachings known as "Buddhism" and "Shinto." Once these reductionist labels and categories are discarded, a new and fascinating religious landscape begins to unfold
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online resource
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. The Three Devas
  • 7. The Face of the Snake: Ugajin
  • 8. Matricial Gods: Matarajin
  • Coda
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • CONTENTS
  • Prologue
  • 1. Earthly Powers: Bishamonten, Daikokuten, Enmaten
  • 2. The Elephant in the Room: Shōten
  • 3. A Stink of Fox: Dakiniten
  • 4. From Goddess to Dragon: Benzaiten
  • 5. From Dragon to Snake: Uga Benzaiten
Control code
on1076478504
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1 online resource
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online
Isbn
9780824857721
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824857721
Other physical details
84 color and 88 black & white illustrations
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22573/ctt225s8vj
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1076478504
Label
Protectors and Predators : Gods of Medieval Japan, Volume 2, Bernard Faure
Publication
Copyright
Note
Written by one of the leading scholars of Japanese religion, Protectors and Predators is the second installment of a multivolume project that promises to be a milestone in our understanding of the mythico-ritual system of esoteric Buddhism--specifically the nature and roles of deities in the religious world of medieval Japan and beyond. Bernard Faure introduces readers to medieval Japanese religiosity and shows the centrality of the gods in religious discourse and ritual. Throughout he engages theoretical insights drawn from structuralism, post-structuralism, and Actor-Network Theory to retrieve the "implicit pantheon" (as opposed to the "explicit orthodox pantheon") of esoteric Japanese Buddhism (Mikkyō). His work is particularly significant given its focus on the deities' multiple and shifting representations, overlappings, and modes of actions rather than on individual characters and functions.In Protectors and Predators Faure argues that the "wild" gods of Japan were at the center of the medieval religious landscape and came together in complex webs of association not divisible into the categories of "Buddhist," "indigenous," or "Shinto." Furthermore, among the most important medieval gods, certain ones had roots in Hinduism, others in Daoism and Yin-Yang thought. He displays vast knowledge of his subject and presents his research--much of it in largely unstudied material--with theoretical sophistication. His arguments and analyses assume the centrality of the iconographic record as a complement to the textual record, and so he has brought together a rich and rare collection of more than 170 color and black-and-white images. This emphasis on iconography and the ways in which it complements, supplements, or deconstructs textual orthodoxy is critical to a fuller comprehension of a set of medieval Japanese beliefs and practices and offers a corrective to the traditional division of the field into religious studies, which typically ignores the images, and art history, which oftentimes overlooks their ritual and religious meaning.Protectors and Predators and its companion volumes should persuade readers that the gods constituted a central part of medieval Japanese religion and that the latter cannot be reduced to a simplistic confrontation, parallelism, or complementarity between some monolithic teachings known as "Buddhism" and "Shinto." Once these reductionist labels and categories are discarded, a new and fascinating religious landscape begins to unfold
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. The Three Devas
  • 7. The Face of the Snake: Ugajin
  • 8. Matricial Gods: Matarajin
  • Coda
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • CONTENTS
  • Prologue
  • 1. Earthly Powers: Bishamonten, Daikokuten, Enmaten
  • 2. The Elephant in the Room: Shōten
  • 3. A Stink of Fox: Dakiniten
  • 4. From Goddess to Dragon: Benzaiten
  • 5. From Dragon to Snake: Uga Benzaiten
Control code
on1076478504
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824857721
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824857721
Other physical details
84 color and 88 black & white illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt225s8vj
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1076478504

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