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Plotting the Prince: Shotoku Cults and the Mapping of Medieval Japanese Buddhism

Kevin Gray Carr


This book traces the development of conceptual maps of the world created through the telling of stories about Prince Shōtoku (573–622), an eminent statesman who is credited with founding Buddhism in Japan. It analyzes his place in the sacred landscape and the material relics of the cult of personality dedicated to him, focusing on the art created from the tenth to fourteenth centuries. The book asks not only who Shōtoku was, but also how images of his life served the needs of devotees in early medieval Japan. Taking up his story about four centuries after his death, this book traces the genesi ... More

Keywords: Prince Shōtoku, Buddhism, medieval Japan, Shitenno-ji, Hōryū-ji

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824834630
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834630.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Gray Carr, author
University of Michigan