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Hank Glassman
Haverford College (Haverford, PA 19041-1392)
The Cult of the Bodhisattva Jizo in Medieval and Early Modern Japan

I will complete a book manuscript on the worship of Jizo bodhisattva in medieval and early modern Japan. By illuminating three facets of the Jizo cult -- the iconography of Jizo in "welcoming descent," the legend safe childbirth Jizo of Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto, and the development of the cult of the "Shogun Jizo" among warriors -- I will illuminate, respectively, the religious concerns and needs of clerics, women, and warriors from the thirteenth century through the seventeenth. Drawing from a wide array of sources, I will study historical documents, literary works, doctrinal texts, illustrated books, and paintings. The project should be of interest to specialists in Japanese history, religious culture of Japan, Buddhism, and gender.

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Project fields:
Nonwestern Religion

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2005 – 8/31/2005