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Hokkeji and the Reemergence of Female Monastic Orders in Premodern Japan$
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Lori R. Meeks

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833947

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833947.001.0001

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Pilgrimage, Popular Devotion, and the Reemergence of Hokkeji

Pilgrimage, Popular Devotion, and the Reemergence of Hokkeji

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(p.27) 1 Pilgrimage, Popular Devotion, and the Reemergence of Hokkeji
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Hokkeji and the Reemergence of Female Monastic Orders in Premodern Japan
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Lori Meeks

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833947.003.0002

This chapter traces the history of Hokkeji's medieval revival. The medieval restoration of Hokkeji first emerged as an effort to revive the memory of Kōmyō and to create a center for popular devotion centered on legends associated with her. This project in turn was bound up in the growing popularity of pilgrimage to ancient Nara temples and in one particular historical result of this mid-to-late-Heian boom in Nara pilgrimage: the spread of miraculous narratives about Kōmyō. Hokkeji's medieval revival eventually expanded to include the goal of reviving a precepts platform for nuns. However, this goal was not visible until the late 1240s and early 1250s, when Hokkeji nuns became active in Eison's movement.

Keywords:   Hokkeji, Kōmyō, Nara temples, Nara pilgrimage, miraculous narratives

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