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Island of Guanyin: Mount Putuo and Its Gazetteers

Marcus Bingenheimer

Abstract

Island of Guanyin explores how Mount Putuo, one of the most popular Buddhist sites in China, has been depicted in a particular genre—the temple or mountain gazetteer. Guanyin (Skr. Avalokiteśvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion, is one of the most beloved deities of the Buddhist World. For more than a thousand years Mount Putuo has been a busy pilgrimage site, where pilgrims hope to catch a glimpse of the Bodhisattva. Over the centuries much information about Mount Putuo has been collected in a series of gazetteers. Gazetteers are compiled from texts of different genres to present an encyclope ... More

Keywords: Guanyin, Avalokiteśvara, Mount Putuo, history of Chinese Buddhism, textualization, sacred site, pilgrimage, gazetteers, travelogue, regional religious history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190456191
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456191.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marcus Bingenheimer, author
Assistant Professor, Temple University