The Halo of Golden Light: Imperial Authority and Buddhist Ritual in Heian Japan (Paperback)Asuka Sango (author)
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Sango deftly traces the changes in the assembly's format and status throughout the era and the significant shifts in the Japanese polity that mirrored them. In illuminating the details of these changes, she challenges dominant scholarly models that presume the gradual decline of the political and liturgical influence of the emperor over the course of the era. She also compels a reconsideration of Buddhism during the Heian as "state Buddhism" by showing that monks intervened in creating the state's policy toward the religion to their own advantage. Her analysis further challenges the common view that Buddhism of the time was characterized by the growth of private esoteric rites at the expense of exoteric doctrinal learning.
The Halo of Golden Light draws on a wide range of primary sources-from official annals and diaries written by courtiers and monks to ecclesiastical records and Buddhist texts-many of them translated or analyzed for the first time in English. In so doing, the work brings to the surface surprising facets in the negotiations between religious ideas and practices and the Buddhist community and the state.
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
The eminent readability of this book should make it especially appealing to graduate students, Japan specialists who do not work on the Heian period, and Buddhist studies scholars who do not focus on Japan. . . . As a historical study that accounts for the crucial status of ritual in the production and maintenance of political authority, Sango's work should also draw the attention of comparatists, religious studies scholars, and
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