The Fluid Pantheon Paperback
Gods of Medieval Japan
by Bernard Faure;
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The Fluid Pantheon
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Through a number of case studies, Faure describes and analyzes the impressive mythological and ritual efflorescence that marked the medieval period, not only in the religious domain, but also in the political, artistic, and literary spheres. He displays vast knowledge of his subject and presents his research--much of it in largely unstudied material--with theoretical sophistication. His arguments and analyses assume the centrality of the iconographic record, and so he has brought together in this volume a rich and rare collection of more than 180 color and black-and-white images. This emphasis on iconography and the ways in which it complements, supplements, or deconstructs textual orthodoxy is critical to a fuller comprehension of a set of medieval Japanese beliefs and practices. It also offers a corrective to the traditional division of the field into religious studies, which typically ignores the images, and art history, which oftentimes overlooks their ritual and religious meaning.
The Fluid Pantheon and its companion volumes should persuade readers that the gods constituted a central part of medieval Japanese religion and that the latter cannot be reduced to a simplistic confrontation, parallelism, or complementarity between some monolithic teachings known as "Buddhism" and "Shinto." Once these reductionist labels and categories are discarded, a new and fascinating religious landscape begins to unfold.
The Fluid Pantheon by Bernard Faure was published by University of Hawai'i Press in October 2015. The ISBN for The Fluid Pantheon is 9780824839338.
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Details for The Fluid Pantheon
|Page last updated||31st March 2016|
|Author / Artist||Bernard Faure|
|Publisher||University of Hawai'i Press (October 2015)|
|Number of Pages||496|