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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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Ritual Life at Medieval Hokkeji

Ritual Life at Medieval Hokkeji

(p.210) 6 Ritual Life at Medieval Hokkeji
Hokkeji and the Reemergence of Female Monastic Orders in Premodern Japan

Lori Meeks

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the ritual life of the medieval Hokkeji community. The study and performance of ritual served Hokkeji nuns on a number of levels. It was through ritual practice that Hokkeji nuns were able to claim a place in the broader Ritsu community, to work toward toward their own salvation and that of their loved ones, and to serve lay communities both near and far. Indeed, the centrality of ritual in the lives of Hokkeji nuns and in their relationships with lay patrons is so striking that it raises the question of whether or not the Hokkeji nuns' order is best described as a female priesthood.

Keywords:   ritual life, medieval Hokkeji, Hokkeji nuns, ritual practice, Ritsu community, female priesthood

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