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Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art

Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art

Author(s) : Proser, Adriana
Publishers Price : 45.00
Wisdom Price : 42.75(save 5%)
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ISBN : 0300155662
EAN : 9780300155662
Cover : Hardback
Pages : 212
Size : 310 x 236mm
Publisher : Yale Univ Press
Published : 2010
Category : Buddhist Art
Category 2 : Travel: Pilgrimage
Through insightful essays from the contributing scholars, this work illuminates art's complex role in Buddhist culture, in which Buddhist art serves as a form of memory and bridge to the spiritual world, as well as a functional tool with temporal purposes.

The Buddha encouraged his disciples to make future pilgrimages to sites associated with his life. As sacred images of the Buddha proliferated over time, it is said that his relics were divided among 84,000 South Asian sites of Buddhist worship, or stupas. This abundance of sacred sites in turn rendered pilgrimage and worship increasingly prominent influences on Asian culture and daily life.

This book employs sacred objects, sculpture, textiles, manuscripts, and paintings to discuss the relationship between Buddhist pilgrimage and Asia's artistic production. Accompanying an exhibition of 90 extraordinary art objects, this book addresses the process of the sacred journey in its entirety, including discussion of pilgrimage motivation, ritual preparation, and worship at the sacred destination. Exceptional and visually stunning examples of painted mandalas, reliquaries, prayer wheels, and traveling shrines demonstrate that pilgrims and pilgrimage inspired centuries of artistic production and shaped the development of visual culture in Asia.

Includes: The Geography of Buddhist Pilgrimage in Asia by Robert H.Stoddard, the Significance of Bodh Gaya by Janice Leoshko, Buddhist Pilgrimage and Mountains in China by Chun-fang Yu, the Sacred Topography of Mount Wutai at Dunhuang by Susan L.Beningson, Outward and Inner Journeys: an Introduction to Buddhist Pilgrimage by D.Max Moerman, Bhutan's Tiger's Nest: a Tibetan Buddhist Pilgrimage and Popular Media by Katherine Anne Paul, the Temple on Mount Suthep and Pilgrimage in Northern Thailand by Donald K.Swearer, and Buddhist Pilgrimages in Japan by Ian Reader. Plus various academic articles giving commentary on the art catalogue divided into three sections - the Buddha and the Sacred Site, the Journey, and Merit, Mementoes, and Sacred Bonds.
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