By Sherry D. Fowler
Buddhists all over the world have fun the advantages of worshipping Kannon (Avalokiteśvara), a compassionate savior who's some of 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 a number of cults all through heritage: one of the most vital is the cult of the Six Kannon, which started in Japan within the 10th century and remained well-liked during the 16th century. during this bold paintings, Sherry Fowler examines the advance of the japanese Six Kannon cult, its sculptures and work, and its transition to the Thirty-three Kannon cult, which is still lively to this day.
An exemplar of Six Kannon imagery is the whole set of life-size wood sculptures made in 1224 and housed on the Kyoto temple Daihōonji. This set, besides others, is analyzed to illustrate how Six Kannon worship impacted Buddhist perform. applying a diachronic strategy, Fowler provides case reports 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 aiding 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 subject matters at paintings. Six Kannon worship contains major foci on worldly issues reminiscent of childbirth and animal husbandry, ties among textual content and photo, 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. furthermore, her research finds Kyushu as a particularly energetic web site within the background of the Six Kannon cult. a lot as Kannon pictures as soon as functioned to draw worshippers, their presentation during this ebook will attract modern readers to revisit their assumptions approximately East Asia’s hottest Buddhist deity.
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