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Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan

Sherry D. Fowler


When Kannon (Avalokiteśvara in Sanskrit) appears in multiple manifestations, the compassionate Buddhist deity’s magnificent powers are believed to increase to even greater heights. This book examines the development of sculptures, paintings, and prints associated with the cult of the Six Kannon, which began in Japan in the tenth century and remained strong until its transition, beginning in sixteenth century, to the still active Thirty-Three Kannon cult. The complete set of Six Kannon made in 1224 and housed at the Kyoto temple Daihōonji is an exemplar of the cult’s images. With a diachronic a ... More

Keywords: Japan, Kannon, Avalokiteśvara, Guanyin, Six Kannon, Buddhism, art, Thirty-three Kannon, pilgrimage, Shinto, Kyushu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824856229
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824856229.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sherry D. Fowler, author
University of Kansas