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Author Kim, Jinah, 1976-

Title Receptacle of the sacred : illustrated manuscripts and the Buddhist book cult in South Asia / Jinah Kim
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource
Series South Asia across the disciplines
South Asia across the disciplines.
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; List of Figures in the Printed Book; List of Figures and Diagrams Online; Introduction: Text, Image, and the Book; Part One: The Book; 1 Buddhist Books and Their Cultic Use; 2 Innovations of the Medieval Buddhist Book Cult; Part Two: Text and Image; 3 Representing the Perfection of Wisdom, Embodying the Holy Sites; 4 The Visual World of Buddhist Book Illustrations; 5 Esoteric Buddhism and the Illustrated Manuscripts; Part Three: The People; 6 Social History of the Buddhist Book Cult; Epilogue: Invoking a Goddess in a Book; Notes
Summary In considering medieval illustrated Buddhist manuscripts as sacred objects of cultic innovation, Receptacle of the Sacred explores how and why the South Asian Buddhist book-cult has survived for almost two millennia to the present. A book "manuscript" should be understood as a form of sacred space: a temple in microcosm, not only imbued with divine presence but also layered with the memories of many generations of users. Jinah Kim argues that illustrating a manuscript with Buddhist imagery not only empowered it as a three-dimensional sacred object, but also made it a suitable tool for t
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Books -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Buddhism -- South Asia -- Rituals -- History.
Buddhist illumination of books and manuscripts -- South Asia -- History.
Manuscripts, Sanskrit -- South Asia -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012027299
ISBN 0520954882 (electronic bk.)
9780520954885 (electronic bk.)