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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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The Onjōji Scroll and the Question of Authorship

The Onjōji Scroll and the Question of Authorship

(p.123) 5 The Onjōji Scroll and the Question of Authorship
The Seven Tengu Scrolls

Haruko Wakabayashi

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter addresses the question of the authorship of the Tengu zoshi. Although attributing the scrolls to a specific individual may not be possible, an attempt to identify the author may reveal the circumstances under which the scrolls were made and can lead to a discovery of meanings that may not otherwise be apparent. In addition to certain visual and verbal representations that clearly express a specific position and motivation, such speculation may ultimately uncover a line of thinking that leads to the author. In the case of the Tengu zoshi, addressing the question of authorship prompts further analysis of the conflict between the two major temples depicted in the scrolls—Enryakuji and Onjoji—and the manipulation of Buddhist ideologies to legitimize the superiority of one over the other.

Keywords:   Tengu zoshi, authorship, visual representation, verbal representation, Enryakuji, Onjoji, Buddhist ideologies

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