By Sherry D. Fowler
Buddhists worldwide have fun the advantages of worshipping Kannon (Avalokiteśvara), a compassionate savior who's probably the most loved within the Buddhist pantheon. whilst Kannon seems to be in a number of manifestations, the deity’s powers are believed to extend to even larger heights. this idea generated a number of cults all through historical past: one of the most important is the cult of the Six Kannon, which all started in Japan within the 10th century and remained in demand in the course of the 16th century. during this formidable paintings, Sherry Fowler examines the improvement of the japanese Six Kannon cult, its sculptures and work, and its transition to the Thirty-three Kannon cult, which continues to be energetic to this day.
An exemplar of Six Kannon imagery is the whole set of life-size wood sculptures made in 1224 and housed on the Kyoto temple Daihōonji. This set, besides others, is analyzed to illustrate how Six Kannon worship impacted Buddhist perform. utilising a diachronic procedure, Fowler offers case reviews starting within the 11th century to reinstate a context for units of Six Kannon, the vast majority of that have been misplaced or scattered, and therefore illuminates the vibrancy, importance, and distribution of the cult and complements our wisdom of non secular image-making in Japan.
Kannon’s function in supporting beings trapped within the six paths of transmigration is a well-documented catalyst for the choice of the quantity six, yet there are different major subject matters at paintings. Six Kannon worship contains major foci on worldly matters reminiscent of childbirth and animal husbandry, ties among textual content and picture, and diverse correlations with Shinto kami teams of six. whereas making teams of Kannon noticeable, Fowler explores the fluidity of numerical deity categorizations and the makes an attempt to quantify the invisible. furthermore, her research finds Kyushu as an extremely energetic web site within the historical past of the Six Kannon cult. a lot as Kannon pictures as soon as functioned to draw worshippers, their presentation during this booklet will attract modern readers to revisit their assumptions approximately East Asia’s most well liked Buddhist deity.
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Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan by Sherry D. Fowler