By Sherry D. Fowler
Buddhists world wide have fun the advantages of worshipping Kannon (Avalokiteśvara), a compassionate savior who's essentially the most liked within the Buddhist pantheon. whilst Kannon looks in a number of manifestations, the deity’s powers are believed to extend to even better heights. this idea generated numerous cults all through heritage: one of the most vital is the cult of the Six Kannon, which begun in Japan within the 10th century and remained favourite in the course of the 16th century. during this bold 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 is still energetic to this day.
An exemplar of Six Kannon imagery is the total 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. applying a diachronic technique, Fowler provides case reviews starting within the 11th century to reinstate a context for units of Six Kannon, nearly all of which were misplaced or scattered, and hence illuminates the vibrancy, significance, 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 issues at paintings. Six Kannon worship comprises major foci on worldly issues resembling childbirth and animal husbandry, ties among textual content and snapshot, and diverse correlations with Shinto kami teams of six. whereas making teams of Kannon obvious, 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 lively website within the heritage of the Six Kannon cult. a lot as Kannon photographs as soon as functioned to draw worshippers, their presentation during this publication will attract modern readers to revisit their assumptions approximately East Asia’s preferred Buddhist deity.
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Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan by Sherry D. Fowler