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Personal Salvation and Filial Piety: Two Precious Scroll Narratives of Guanyin and Her Acolytes

Personal Salvation and Filial Piety: Two Precious Scroll Narratives of Guanyin and Her Acolytes (Hardback)

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The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara was a handsome prince when he entered China. As Guanyin, the bodhisattva was venerated from the eleventh century onward in the shape of a beautiful woman who became a universal savior. Throughout the last millennium, the female Guanyin has enjoyed wide and fervid veneration throughout East Asia and has appeared as a major character in literature and legend.In one tale, Guanyin (as the princess Miaoshan) returns from the dead after being executed by the king, her father, for refusing to marry. The most popular version of this legend is "The Precious Scroll of Incense Mountain" (Xiangshan baojuan), a long narrative in prose and verse and a work of considerable literary merit. It emphasizes the conflict between father and daughter, in the course of which all conventional arguments against a religious lifestyle are paraded and rebutted. A lengthy description of Guanyin's visit to the underworld, which focuses on the conflict between grace and justice, is also included."Personal Salvation and Filial Piety" offers a complete and fully annotated translation of "The Precious Scroll", based on a nineteenth-century edition.

The translation is preceded by a substantial introduction that discusses the origin of the text and the genre to which it belongs and highlights the similarities and differences between the scroll and female saints' lives from medieval Europe. There follows a translation of the much-shorter Precious Scroll of Good-in-Talent and Dragon Daughter, which provides a humorous account of how Guanyin acquired the three acolytes - Sudhana, Nagakanya, and a white parrot - who are often shown surrounding her in popular prints.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: classical, early & medievalPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsBuddhism Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press Publication Date: 20/02/2008 ISBN-13: 9780824832155  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Wilt L. Idema teaches Chinese literature at Harvard University.

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