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The Fluid Pantheon: Gods of Medieval Japan, Volume 1

Bernard Faure

Abstract

The book constitutes an attempt to rethink medieval Japanese religion in light of the recently discovered documents and of the innovative contributions by Japanese scholars. Drawing on the theoretical insights of structuralism, post-structuralism, and Actor-Network Theory, it retrieves what could be called the “implicit pantheon” (by opposition to the “explicit,” orthodox pantheon) of medieval esoteric Buddhism (mikkyō). Through a number of case studies, the book introduces readers to the labyrinthine world of medieval Japanese religiosity, and shows the centrality of the gods in religious dis ... More

Keywords: Japanese religion, Buddhist mythology, Esoteric Buddhism (mikkyō), Japanese gods, Buddhist pantheon, Myōken Bosatsu, Fudō Myōō, Aizen Myōō, Wish-fulfilling Jewel, Kūkai, Nyoirin Kannon, Structuralism, Post-structuralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824839338
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839338.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Faure, author
Columbia University

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