Explaining Pictures: Buddhist Propaganda and Etoki Storytelling in Japan

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Early Japanese Buddhism patronized the literate classes and remained a prerogative of the elite until the end of the twelfth century. With the fiscal and political decline of its aristocratic patrons, the Buddhist establishment turned to lay commoners and women--two groups previously excluded from the benefits of the Dharma--for financial support, using paintings to accommodate its new, and often subliterate, audiences. This type of preaching, known as etoki (pictorial decipherment), helped bridge the worlds of esoteric ...

Explaining Pictures: Buddhist Propaganda and Etoki Storytelling in Japan 2006, University of Hawaii Press

ISBN-13: 9780824826970

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