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The Resource The halo of golden light : imperial authority and Buddhist ritual in Heian Japan, Asuka Sango

The halo of golden light : imperial authority and Buddhist ritual in Heian Japan, Asuka Sango

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The halo of golden light : imperial authority and Buddhist ritual in Heian Japan
Title
The halo of golden light
Title remainder
imperial authority and Buddhist ritual in Heian Japan
Statement of responsibility
Asuka Sango
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this pioneering study of the shifting status of the emperor within court society and the relationship between the state and the Buddhist community during the Heian period (794-1185), Asuka Sango details the complex ways in which the emperor and other elite ruling groups employed Buddhist ritual to legitimate their authority. Although considered a descendant of the sun goddess, Amaterasu, the emperor used Buddhist idiom, particularly the ideal king as depicted in the Golden Light Sūtra, to express his right to rule. Sango's book is the first to focus on the ideals presented in the sūtra to demonstrate how the ritual enactment of imperial authority was essential to justifying political power. These ideals became the basis of a number of court-sponsored rituals, the most important of which was the emperor's Misai-e Assembly. Sango deftly traces the changes in the assembly's format and status throughout the era and the significant shifts in the Japanese polity that mirrored them. In illuminating the details of these changes, she challenges dominant scholarly models that presume the gradual decline of the political and liturgical influence of the emperor over the course of the era. She also compels a reconsideration of Buddhism during the Heian as "state Buddhism" by showing that monks intervened in creating the state's policy toward the religion to their own advantage. Her analysis further challenges the common view that Buddhism of the time was characterized by the growth of private esoteric rites at the expense of exoteric doctrinal learning. The Halo of Golden Light draws on a wide range of primary sources--from official annals and diaries written by courtiers and monks to ecclesiastical records and Buddhist texts--many of them translated or analyzed for the first time in English. In so doing, the work brings to the surface surprising facets in the negotiations between religious ideas and practices and the Buddhist community and the state
Cataloging source
P@U
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1976-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sango, Asuka
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Buddhism and state
  • Buddhism
  • Buddhism
  • Japan
  • RELIGION
  • RELIGION
  • Buddhism
  • Buddhism and state
  • Buddhism
  • Politics and government
  • Japan
  • Buddhismus
  • Staat
  • Heian-Zeit
  • Ritus
  • Japan
  • Buddhism and state - Japan - History
Label
The halo of golden light : imperial authority and Buddhist ritual in Heian Japan, Asuka Sango
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-203) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The emperor and the Golden light sutra -- Buddhist debate and the religious policy of the Heian state -- Clerical promotion: domination, resistance, and alternatives -- Buddhist rituals and the reconstitution of the Ritsuryo polity -- When rites go wrong: ritual and political conflict -- Ritual imitation and the retired emperor: reinventing imperial religious authority
Control code
ocn905734270
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxii, 216 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824854003
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt13vwtvx
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)905734270
Label
The halo of golden light : imperial authority and Buddhist ritual in Heian Japan, Asuka Sango
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-203) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The emperor and the Golden light sutra -- Buddhist debate and the religious policy of the Heian state -- Clerical promotion: domination, resistance, and alternatives -- Buddhist rituals and the reconstitution of the Ritsuryo polity -- When rites go wrong: ritual and political conflict -- Ritual imitation and the retired emperor: reinventing imperial religious authority
Control code
ocn905734270
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxii, 216 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824854003
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt13vwtvx
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)905734270

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