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Receptacle of the Sacred: Illustrated Manuscripts and the Buddhist Book Cult in South Asia

Jinah Kim


This book considers how and why the Buddhist book cultin South Asia has survived almost two millennia until the present day by examining medieval illustrated Buddhist manuscriptsas sacred objects of cultic innovation that can be animated through the presence of images. A manuscript in the context of the Buddhist book cult is a sacred space, a temple in microcosm, not only imbued with divine presence but also layered with the memories of many generations of users. I argue that illustrating a manuscript not only empowered itas a three-dimensional sacred objectbut also made it a suitable tool for ... More

Keywords: Buddhist art, India, illustrated manuscript, book cult, Esoteric Buddhism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520273863
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273863.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jinah Kim, author