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Title: The propaganda traditions of the Yugyo-ha : the campaign to establish the Jishu as an independent school of Japanese Buddhism (1300-1700)
Author: Thornton, Sybil Anne
ISNI:       0000 0001 3532 9875
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 1988
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This thesis examines references to priests and temples of the Japanese Pure Land Buddhist school claiming Ippen (1239-1289) as founder; the most important of the lineages was the Yugyō-ha, or 'itinerancy school'. Scattered in Noh plays, epics, documents, histories, diaries, et cetera over a four-hundred-year period, these references are the residue of a long-term and successful propaganda campaign advertising doctrines, miracles, and services to the military class. The thesis focuses especially on the themes and formulaic diction borrowed from existing texts and developed by the school as it distinguished itself from other Pure Land schools. The rôle of what became the Jishū (usually translated 'Time Sect') in the guardianship of the identity of the founder of the Tokugawa family is of special interest.
Supervisor: Blacker, Carmen Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Medieval Japanese literature ; folk traditions ; Japanese religion ; Jishu