Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan by Sherry D. Fowler

By Sherry D. Fowler

Buddhists around the globe have a good time some great benefits of worshipping Kannon (Avalokiteśvara), a compassionate savior who's the most loved within the Buddhist pantheon. while Kannon seems in a number of manifestations, the deity’s powers are believed to extend to even larger heights. this idea generated numerous cults all through background: one of the most important is the cult of the Six Kannon, which begun in Japan within the 10th century and remained famous during the 16th century. during this bold paintings, Sherry Fowler examines the improvement of the japanese Six Kannon cult, its sculptures and work, and its transition to the Thirty-three Kannon cult, which is still energetic to this day.

An exemplar of Six Kannon imagery is the total set of life-size wood sculptures made in 1224 and housed on the Kyoto temple Daihōonji. This set, in addition to others, is analyzed to illustrate how Six Kannon worship impacted Buddhist perform. making use of a diachronic process, Fowler provides case experiences starting within the 11th century to reinstate a context for units of Six Kannon, nearly all of which were misplaced or scattered, and therefore illuminates the vibrancy, significance, and distribution of the cult and complements our wisdom of spiritual image-making in Japan.

Kannon’s function in helping beings trapped within the six paths of transmigration is a well-documented catalyst for the choice of the quantity six, yet there are different major topics at paintings. Six Kannon worship comprises major foci on worldly issues similar to childbirth and animal husbandry, ties among textual content and photograph, and various correlations with Shinto kami teams of six. whereas making teams of Kannon noticeable, Fowler explores the fluidity of numerical deity categorizations and the makes an attempt to quantify the invisible. additionally, her research finds Kyushu as an extremely energetic web site within the heritage of the Six Kannon cult. a lot as Kannon pictures as soon as functioned to draw worshippers, their presentation during this publication will attract modern readers to revisit their assumptions approximately East Asia’s most well liked Buddhist deity.

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