By Christine Mollier
Among the exorcistic, prophylactic, and healing ritual tools explored the following intimately are the "Heavenly Kitchens" that provide divine meals to their adepts, incantations that have been promoted to counteract bewitchment, in addition to talismans for achieving durability and the safety of stellar deities. The future of the Jiuku Tianzun, the Taoist bodhisattva whose salvific challenge and iconography have been modeled on Guanyin (Avalokitesvara), is tested at size. throughout the case-studies set forth right here, the styles wherein medieval Buddhists and Taoists each one appropriated and remodeled for his or her personal use the rites and scriptures oftheir competitors are printed with unheard of precision.
Buddhism and Taoism nose to nose is amply illustrated with drawings and diagrams from canonical and manuscript resources, including artwork and artifacts photographed via the writer during her box examine in China. subtle in its research, huge in its synthesis of a number of tricky fabric, and unique in its interpretations, it is going to be required interpreting for these drawn to East Asian religions and within the heritage of the medieval chinese language sciences, together with astrology, medication and divination.
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Buddhism and Taoism Face to Face: Scripture, Ritual, and Iconographic Exchange in Medieval China by Christine Mollier