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Senshi was born in 964 and died in 1035, in the Heian period of Japanese history (794–1185). Most of the poems discussed here are what may loosely be called Buddhist poems, since they deal with Buddhist scriptures, practices, and ideas. For this reason, most of them have been treated as examples of a category or subgenre of waka called Shakkyoka, “Buddhist poems.”
Yet many Shakkyoka are more like other poems in the waka canon than they are unlike them. In the case of Senshi’s “Buddhist poems,” their language links them to the traditions of secular verse. Moreover, the poems use the essentially secular public literary language of waka to address and express serious and relatively private religious concerns and aspirations. In reading Senshi’s poems, it is as important to think about their relationship to the traditions and conventions of waka and to other waka texts as it is to think about their relationship to Buddhist thoughts, practices, and texts.
The Buddhist Poetry of the Great Kamo Priestess creates a context for the reading of Senshi’s poems by presenting what is known and what has been thought about her and them. As such, it is a vital source for any reader of Senshi and other literature of the Heian period.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Abbreviations
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part One: The Great Kamo Priestess
  2. pp. 13-58
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  1. Part Two: A Reading of Hosshin Wakashu
  2. pp. 59-134
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 135-140
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  1. Appendix: The Text of Hosshin Wakashu
  2. pp. 141-150
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  1. List of Characters for Names and Terms
  2. pp. 151-160
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 161-164
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472128020
Related ISBN
9780939512416
MARC Record
OCLC
1184509429
Pages
184
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-24
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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