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Illuminating the Life of the Buddha: An Illustrated Chanting Book from Eighteenth-Century Siam

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Illuminating the Life of the Buddha investigates an outstanding eighteenth-century samut khoi, a type of beautifully illustrated, folded book found in Southeast Asia and popular as a repository for the Buddhaandrsquo;s teachings. Written in Pali and produced in Siam, the samut khoi features finely executed paintings on khoi paper portraying key stories from the Buddhaandrsquo;s past lives. These stories, known as theand#160;Jatakas, were the principal means by which Buddhist teachings were communicated and were thus a favored theme for samut khoi. However, this samut khoi stands out for its extensive series of paintings from the last life of the Buddha, including his final awakening and teaching, which are distinctive to the region.

Affording readers immense insight into a spectacular eighteenth-century manuscript, and Thai Buddhist manuscripts and temple culture as a whole, this book will be of great interest to art historians and scholars of Buddhism and Southeast Asia.

About the Author

Naomi Appleton is a chancellorandrsquo;s fellow in religious studies at the University of Edinburgh and the author of Jataka Stories in Theravada Buddhism.
Sarah Shaw is a member of the Faculty ofand#160;Oriental Studies and Wolfson College, University of Oxford; an honorary fellow of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies; and the author of several books, including The Jatakas: Birth Stories of the Bodhisattva.
Toshiya Unebe is associate professor in the Department of Indian Studies at Nagoya University, Japan.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Illustrated folios of the manuscript

Map of the manuscript

Preface

1 Introduction andndash; Sarah Shaw

2 The past lives of the Buddha andndash; Naomi Appleton

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Siricudama?i-Jataka

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Temiya-Jataka

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Janaka-Jataka

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Suva??asama-Jataka

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Nemi-Jataka

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Mahosadha-Jataka

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Bhuridatta-Jataka

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Candakumara-Jataka

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Narada-Jataka

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Vidhura-Jataka

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Vessantara-Jataka

3 The final life of the Buddha andndash; Toshiya Unebe

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The birth of the Bodhisatta

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The four signs

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Leaving his family

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The great departure

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Cutting off the hair

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The lesson of the three strings

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The offering of milk-rice

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The victory over Mara

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The first sermon

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The return to Kapilavatthu

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The offering from elephant and monkey

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Taming the elephant

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The offering of a mango

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The miracles at Savatthi

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Teaching his mother in Tavati?sa Heaven

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The descent from Tavati?sa Heaven

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The cremation

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The division of the relics

4 The lifestory of a manuscript andndash; Sarah Shaw

Notes

Bibliography

Glossary of key terms and figures

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781851242832
Author:
Appleton, Naomi
Publisher:
Bodleian Library
Author:
Unebe, Toshiya
Author:
Shaw, Sarah
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20130831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
86 color plates
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
10.5 x 7.5 in

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