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Island of Guanyin : Mount Putuo and Its Gazetteers (Hardcover) (Marcus Bingenheimer)
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Mount Putuo, also known as the "Island of Guanyin," is a small island in the East China Sea known as the single most important pilgrimage site for the worship of the Bodhisattva Guanyin. The Bodhisattva of compassion is one of Asia's most popular deities and is worshipped from Sri Lanka to Japan. Established in the tenth century, Mount Putuo continues to attract thousands of visitors every year, and is counted among the "Four Great and Famous Buddhist Mountains" of China.Over the centuries, poems, biographies, maps, and legends about Mount Putuo, as well as descriptions of its landscape and temples, have been collected in a series of local histories called "gazetteers." Following the structure of a gazetteer, with each chapter dedicated to a particular genre, this book discusses the function of each in the depiction of Mount Putuo and illustrates them with a number of examples, none of which have been translated before. Written for all who are interested in the history of Asian Buddhism and the sacred sites of China, this book demonstrates the textual construction of this Buddhist sacred site across a variety of genres.
Number of Pages: 283
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, History
Sub-Genre: Asia / China, Buddhism / Rituals + Practice
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Marcus Bingenheimer
Street Date: April 15, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-16-6913
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