Former Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Or Porath, writes "Japan's Forgotten God: Jūzenji in Medieval Texts and the Visual Arts" in a recent special issue of "Aspects of Medieval Japanese Religion." With a focus on medieval Japanese religion, this special issue sheds light on the diversity of medieval Japanese religion by adopting a wide range of analytical approaches, encompassing various fields of knowledge including history, philosophy, materiality, literature, medical studies and body theories.
Dr. Porath examines Jūzenji 十禅師, a medieval god worshiped within the Sannō cult at Hie Shrine during the twelfth to sixteenth centuries. The article demonstrates that Tendai thinkers promoted Jūzenji to a supreme ontological status since his liminal and ambivalent character afforded him the unique role of redirecting the sinful desires of the flesh into awakening.
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