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Jewel in the Ashes: Buddha Relics and Power in Early Medieval Japan Hardcover – June 29, 2000

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  • Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs (Book 188)
  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Asia Center (June 29, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674002458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674002456
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,744,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ruppert's Jewel in the Ashes is an important contribution to the study of the material culture of Buddhism. Specialists in Buddhist studies, Japanese Buddhism, and Japanese religions will not be the only ones who will find this work of value. Historians of Japan, especially of the relations between social, political, and military powers and religion, will also find it rewarding, as will those interested in gender issues in medieval religion. (Richard K. Payne Journal of Japanese Studies)

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Brian D. Ruppert is Assistant Professor of Japanese Religions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mikas Remeika on November 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am not a historian, hence my review may be rather subjective. While this book would in general only be of interest to people involved in research of Japanese history, I read it for a class assignement and found it very enjoyable.
Understanding of this book requires some basic knowlege of Japanese history. Given that, the book is very easy to read. Ruppert does a great job covering a multitude of aspects of Japanese society in which relic veneration had a role, while not "dragging out" discussion of any particular topic.I would definitelly recommend this book to anyone who in has an interest in the role of buddhism in medieval Japan.
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