Rebirth From China To Japan In Nara Hagiography: A Reconsideration
KeywordsRebirth; China; Japan; Nara Hagiography
Religious Studies; Asian Studies; Buddhist Studies
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AbstractThis study takes up a portion of the early hagiography of a Japanese prince who was reputedly a reincarnated Chinese monk, and uses a peculiarity in a colophon dated 718 to argue that though the text may have been composed in China, it must in that case derive from the writing of a Japanese visitor. A possible identification of the visitor is made, and some attention is given to the likely sources he used.