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Buddhist Materiality: A Cultural History of Objects in Japanese Buddhism (Asian Religions and Cultures) Hardcover – November 15, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0804756822 ISBN-10: 0804756821

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"...the reader's effort will be amply rewarded with insightful analysis of fascinating materials that have yet to receive much scholarly attention. Specialists in Buddhist studies, Japanese religions, and material culture will likely get the most out of this book, but I would also enthusiastically recommend it to anyone interested in closely documented and theoretically sophisticated examination of the interrelations between religion, culture, society, politics, and the material objects that populate people's lives."—Stuart H. Young, Religious Studies Review


"Rambelli has written an altogether seminal study of East Asian Buddhist material culture and its importance to especially Japan's social worlds. This is the stuff of life, and Rambelli handles it expertly."—Pamela Winfield, H-Net Reviews.


"The broad and ambitious scope of this study warrants praise...This is an extraordinary volume whose impact will be felt for some time."—James L. Ford, Journal of Japanese Studies.


"Rambelli's Buddhist Materiality will exert long-lasting influence in a number of fields, including Buddhist studies, Japanese religions, Japanese history, and material culture studies."—Lori Meeks, The Journal of Religion


"Buddhist Materiality, a powerful study in seven chapters....[The book] represents a provocative and important contribution to the field of Japanese studies, Buddhist studies and material religion."—Barbara Ambros, Material Religion.

About the Author

Fabio Rambelli is Professor of Japanese Religions and Cultural History and International Shinto Foundation Chair of Shinto Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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