Social Sciences and Media Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, CA 93117
Presented by the International Shinto Foundation Endowed Chair in Shinto Studies, Japanese Religions Lectures
About the Talk
In the famous wars between the Genji and the Heike, Tōdaiji and other important monuments in the “old capital” of Nara were burned to the ground. Shujōbō Chōgen (1121-1206), placed in charge of the rebuilding, enlisted the help of Chinese artisans form the port city of Ningbo to come help in the reconstruction. This invitation, made at the close of the twelfth century, coincided with an increasing attention to the site of cremation and burial and the start of the custom of visiting graves or hakamairi. In this talk, I examine the identities of the continental stone carvers who came to Japan and the activities of their descendants in the second and third generation. I also take up the question of permanent grave markers and tended, maintained graves, as developed in thirteenth-century Japan.
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Organized by the ISF Chair in Shinto Studies; co-sponsored with the Department of History of Art and Architecture.