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Miracles of Book and BodyBuddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan$
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Charlotte Eubanks

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520265615

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520265615.001.0001

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Introduction: The Cult of the Book and the Culture of Text

Introduction: The Cult of the Book and the Culture of Text

(p.1) Introduction: The Cult of the Book and the Culture of Text
Miracles of Book and Body

Charlotte Eubanks

University of California Press

This chapter introduces the connection between the sacred text and the devotional body in medieval Japan. It notes that the main focus of the book is on Buddhist texts, and stresses the importance of paying close attention to the language of the sutras, or the textual culture. The chapter then discusses the setsuwa, which serves as the main source of information on Buddhist textual culture in medieval Japan, and also examines miracles, literary Buddhism, the South Asian and Chinese forms of the sutras, and the definition of the term “medieval.”

Keywords:   Buddhist texts, medieval Japan, textual culture, sutras, setsuwa, miracles, literary Buddhism, sacred text, devotional body, language

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