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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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Esoteric Buddhism and the Illustrated Manuscripts

Esoteric Buddhism and the Illustrated Manuscripts

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(p.149) 5 Esoteric Buddhism and the Illustrated Manuscripts
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Receptacle of the Sacred
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Jinah Kim

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273863.003.0006

This chapter explains the rationale behind the introduction of powerful Tantric Buddhist deities of the mahāyogaand yogiñ tantrasin the iconographic programs of the AsPmanuscripts. I suggest that the upside-down placement of images with respect to the text was not accidental but rather a conscious design choice made to emphasize a book’s three-dimensional nature and the movement that is necessary in its use. The iconographic programs of the latetwelfth- and earlythirteenth-century AsPmanuscripts were designed with the same level of creativity that we see in the technological innovations of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Keywords:   Prajñāpāramitā in Tantric Buddhism, Hevajra, Sambara, Vajravārāhī, Kālacakra, Kālacakratantra, hyperlinking, Bodhgaya icon, book mandala, Vessantara jātaka, Sadāprarudita, Virupa

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