Decentering Mañjuśrī: some aspects of Mañjuśrī’s cult in medieval Japan

  title={Decentering Ma{\~n}juśrī: some aspects of Ma{\~n}juśrī’s cult in medieval Japan},
  author={Bernard R. Faure},
  journal={Studies in Chinese Religions},
  pages={330 - 342}
  • B. Faure
  • Published 2 October 2019
  • Art
  • Studies in Chinese Religions
ABSTRACT Many scholars have studied Mañjuśrī’s role as bodhisattva of wisdom. However, while Buddhist deities have usually been studied ‘individually,’ I believe that they can only be understood in a broader context. A deity is not an individual, but the salient part of a network that includes, first of all, his acolytes, his entourage, but also his mount, his various manifestations, as well as a number of functionally similar deities. Indeed, all of the above can be seen as ‘emanations’ of an… 
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