Abstract

Abstract:

This article deals with the special features of the contents of the Precious Scroll on Bodhisattva Guanshiyin from Xiangshan (Xiangshan Guanshiyin baojuan 香山觀世音 寳卷), a prosimetric text performed in Jingjiang 靖江, and its role in the local culture. Though based on written narratives, this text exists primarily as an oral version in the tradition of religious storytelling called “scripture telling” (jiangjing 講經). We trace the origin of this text and argue that it belongs to the late stage of the transformation of the famous Buddhist narrative subject—the story of Princess Miaoshan 妙善 (earthly incarnation of Guan[shi]yin)—in the religious culture of China, where it was heavily influenced by Confucian ideas. We also analyze the application of these ideas in the context of ritualized performances of this text in modern Jingjiang.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2050-8999
Print ISSN
0737-769X
Pages
pp. 1-27
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-02
Open Access
No
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