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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

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

Jinah Kim

University of California Press

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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