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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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Invoking a Goddess in a Book

Invoking a Goddess in a Book

(p.271) Epilogue Invoking a Goddess in a Book
Receptacle of the Sacred

Jinah Kim

University of California Press

This chapter examines the contemporary ritual of the Prajñāpāramitā pūjā, performed in KwāBaha (Golden Temple) in Patan, Nepal. The ritual and the restoration carried out today not only testify to the changing yet unchanging cultic value of the book as a sacred object with great adaptability but also provide a mirror to reflect on the voices and actions of the people long lost in the body of the book.

Keywords:   pustakapūjā, Prajñāpāramitā pūjā, KwaBaha (Golden Temple), restoration, repair, Prajñāpāramitā sūtra, vajrācārya, darsśan, Buddhist book cult in Nepal

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