Pieces of princes: Personalized relics in medieval Japan

@article{Carr2011PiecesOP,
  title={Pieces of princes: Personalized relics in medieval Japan},
  author={K. Carr},
  journal={Japanese Journal of Religious Studies},
  year={2011},
  volume={38},
  pages={93-127}
}
  • K. Carr
  • Published 2011
  • History
  • Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
By late medieval times, it was common to describe Prince Shōtoku as “Japan’s Śākyamuni,” but how was he symbolically elevated to this status? This article considers “personalized relics”—unique remains identified as a particular part of the actual body of an honored figure—and shows how they played a crucial role in transforming the sacred identities of the Japanese and South Asian princes. The three sections each deal with a different type of relic associated with Shōtoku: a miraculously… Expand
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