India in a Japanese Historical Classic: The Heike Monogatari: With a Focus on Indology and Buddhism
Das, Partha Pratim
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Book ID : 31045
ISBN-10 : 81-7574-167-8 / 8175741678
ISBN-13 : 978-81-7574-167-6 / 9788175741676
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Language : English
xxii, 218p., App., Gloss., Bib., Index, 23 cm.
CONTENTS:- Preface; Descriptive list of the plates; India in Japan: Dissemination of Buddhism in the far east: Indian pilgrims in Japan; Spread of Indian culture in India; The Tale of Heike; Great Buddhist Images: Gold images from India; King Udayana's Buddha; The Siddhamatrka Script: Reference to the script in the Heike; Background of the script named siddhamatrka; Features of the Siddhamatrka script; Significance of Matrka in Siddhamatrka; Siddham or Siddhamatrka in China; Siddham or Siddhamatrka in Japan; Impact of Varnapatha and esotericism; Methodology for writing the script in China and Japan; A compartive palaeographic study; Concluding remarks; The Naga King and his daughter: Miscellaneous Indian Elements: The name for India; Jambudvipa and japan; Kobo daishi and India; Asvaghosa and nagarjuna; The tradition of amitabha; The Saddharapundarika; Appendices; Glossary of Technical terms; Chronology of events in the Heiki monogatari.
The book provides an insight into various curious elements in relation to India that found berth in the Heike Monogatari, a great early thirteenth century Japanese historical classic; and serves as if 'India as reflected in the Heiki Monogatari'. The events of the popular romantic epic are the turning points in Japanese history and culture. The Heiki monogatari has been studied from different angles by the scholars; but how it can focus on the speculation of Indology as a part of Asiatic studies has been undertaken for scrutiny in this book. The Indian-related references embrace a wide range of disciplines such as iconography and art-history, palaeography, mythology, philosophy and even the legends of Indian and far Eastern Buddhism having a bearingon a broad Asian culture. For instance, history of a set ofgreat Buddhist gold images-'the most precious set of images in the entire world'; an international script siddhamatrka that moulded the far eastern culture; legends of an Indian dragon king and his daughter enriching the stock of knowledge of comparative mythology; analysis of the diverse Buddhist aspects such as essence and features of the continents jambudvipa, Amidism, and a lot more commanding scholarly attention. The book addresses the indologists, the Buddhologists and the Asian scholars alike, and explains some unraveled mysteries of oriental culture in general and Indian culture in Particular on the basis of newly found materials.