THE HYAKUMANTŌ DARANI AND THE ORIGINS OF PRINTING IN EIGHTH-CENTURY JAPAN

@article{Kornicki2012THEHD,
  title={THE HYAKUMANTŌ DARANI AND THE ORIGINS OF PRINTING IN EIGHTH-CENTURY JAPAN},
  author={Peter Francis Kornicki},
  journal={International Journal of Asian Studies},
  year={2012},
  volume={9},
  pages={43 - 70}
}
  • P. Kornicki
  • Published 1 January 2012
  • History
  • International Journal of Asian Studies
The origins of printing in East Asia have been the subject of lively debate over the last twenty years, and a constant point of reference has been the first recorded act of printing in Japan, which took place in the 760s. The term Hyakumantō Darani 百万塔陀羅尼 (hereafter HD) is commonly used in Japan to refer to this episode, and it denotes the Buddhist dhāraṇī or spells which are thought to have been printed in Nara and then inserted into wooden miniature pagodas, and which have for a century been… 

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