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Faith and Power in Japanese Buddhist Art, 1600-2005
Faith and Power in Japanese Buddhist Art explores the transformation of Buddhism from the premodern to the contemporary era in Japan and the central role its visual culture has played in this transformation. Although Buddhism is generally regarded as peripheral to modern Japanese society, this book demonstrates otherwise. Its chapters elucidate the thread of change over ti ...more
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The only resource available in English that examines the dynamic relationships between Buddhist laity and the temple. Using Japanese arts and letters to reconstruct a cultural perspective that spans the centuries, the book suggests traditional and contemporary attitudes towards Japanese Buddhist culture are elitist and cultural centric. There are enough cross references to Indian, Chinese and Korean Buddhism to suggest as much is true in those traditions as well. As a fan of popular culture as h ...more