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Title: Maps of Wutai Shan: Individuating the Sacred Landscape through Color
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Wen-shing Chou
One Sentence Summary: Considers the practice of coloring Buddhist sacred maps by comparing two hand-colored xylographs of Wutai shan derived from the same set of woodblocks.

Description: Creator's Description: This essay considers the practice of coloring Buddhist sacred maps by comparing two hand-colored xylographs of Wutai shan derived from the same set of woodblocks that were carved in 1846 by Mongolian lama Lhündrup at Wutai shan’s Cifu Temple. Despite their origin in the same set of blocks, notable differences in the style, technique, and choice of coloring reveal two divergent visions of the sacred place. These differences reflect two modes of devotion toward the mountain range: in the print from the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, Wutai shan is presented as an eternal, scriptural, and idealized landscape, and in the print from the Museum of Cultures in Helsinki, Wutai shan is seen as a localized, lived, and familiar terrain. An examination of these two differently colored maps sheds light on how, why, and what makes a sacred mountain sacred for various participants of Wutai shan’s pilgrimage culture. (2011-12-31)

Publisher: Tibetan and Himalayan Library
Normalized publisher place: Charlottesville, VA
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://www.thlib.org/
Published Date: 2011
URL: http://www.thlib.org/collections/texts/jiats/#!jiats=/issue06/chou/
Classification: Tibetan and Himalayan -- Journals -- Journals Focused on Regions -- Tibet -- JIATS -- Issue 6 (December 2011)
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Journals -- THL-Hosted Online Journals -- JIATS -- Issue 6 (December 2011)
Cultural Coverage: China;Tibet;Mongolia
Language: English
Source URL: http://www.thlib.org/collections/texts/jiats/
Source: Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies
Source Editor: David Germano
Source Type: Journal
Source Number: 6
ISBN/ISSN: 1550-6363

Means of availability: Online

Access rights: Public domain
Format: Online resource
Media type: Text
Resource Type: Article
Digital Encoding: xml
Release Flag: OK for viewing
Date Of Record Creation: 2011-10-06 12:18:15
Date Record Checked: 2011-10-06
Date Last Modified: 2012-01-31 15:02:16
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