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Receptacle of the SacredIllustrated Manuscripts and the Buddhist Book Cult in South Asia$
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Jinah Kim

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273863

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273863.001.0001

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Buddhist Books and their Cultic Use

Buddhist Books and their Cultic Use

(p.22) (p.23) 1 Buddhist Books and their Cultic Use
Receptacle of the Sacred

Jinah Kim

University of California Press

Chapter 1 examines how Buddhist books were ritually used throughout history and locates the Mahāyāna Buddhist book cult in practice in medieval India by examining the representations of the cultic use of a book in Buddhist context. This chapter also explores the relationship between the Buddhist book cult and the development of the cult of the dharmarelics, and locates the function and significance of the illustrated manuscripts in the larger context of the production of Buddhist sacred objects.

Keywords:   book cult, pustakapūjā, dharmarelics, Prajñāpāramitā, Prajñāpāramitā sūtra, Buddhism in Orissa, Guhyasamāja tanra, Tantric Buddhism

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