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Title: Sabangbul during the Chosŏn dynasty : regional development of Buddhist images and rituals
Author: Kim, Jeong-Eun
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2011
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This research features the motif of sabangbul in Choson Buddhist art, visualized in elaborate relief sculptures and paintings as well as complex interior/exterior structural designs integrated into monastic precinct. This research is also dedicated to studying rituals and ritual performance as well as artistic representation in Korean Buddhism by examining the prevalence and the significance of the Four Directional Buddhas. Sabangbul consistently changes its face and appears in diverse forms of Korean Buddhist art including paintings, sculpture, architecture, relic veneration, and ritual implements, revealing its manifold meanings in Korean Buddhist art. The motif was also able to take on a different meaning depending on the activity being performed in Korean Buddhism over the centuries. From the reasons the images of the Four Directional Buddhas connote more diverse meanings than any other Buddha images do in Korean Buddhist art. This study aims at an appreciation of historical diversity and local difference in Buddhist thought and practice in Korea, while at the same time drawing upon textual sources and art historical and archaeological evidence across many cultures for the broader interpretation of the motif. In this process, this research includes materials examined neither in Korea nor in the West. This paper will demonstrate the interesting comparisons between Korean Buddhism moulded by the natives into the particular religion and Buddhism as a religion more generally defined.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral