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The Seven Tengu ScrollsEvil and the Rhetoric of Legitimacy in Medieval Japanese Buddhism$
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Haruko Wakabayashi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834166

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834166.001.0001

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Structure and Relationship to Existing Variant Scrolls

Structure and Relationship to Existing Variant Scrolls

(p.55) 3 Structure and Relationship to Existing Variant Scrolls
The Seven Tengu Scrolls

Haruko Wakabayashi

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores the Tengu zoshi's general content, attempting to grasp their overall structure and composition in light of other surviving variant texts. The Tengu zoshi consists of seven extant illustrated scrolls: Kofukuji, Todaiji, Enryakuji, Onjoji, Toji, Miidera A, and Miidera B. Art historians generally agree that the seven scrolls were produced by the same hand and therefore lean toward the conclusion that they all belong to the same set. The first five scrolls represent five temples, beginning with a detailed description of the history of the temple and expound on the superiority of the sect's teachings. The remaining two Miidera scrolls are of a very different nature. Miidera A illustrates five stories, while Miidera B contains scenes illustrating a meeting of tengu from each Buddhist school and tengu working together to construct a new temple.

Keywords:   Tengu zoshi, Kofukuji, Todaiji, Enryakuji, Onjoji, Toji, Miidera A, Miidera B

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