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Biography and Hagiography: Japan
(6,290 words)

Descriptions of the idealized lives of charismatic representatives of a given religious tradition fulfill an important function for religions with a pronounced personality cult and a strong sense of the historical. Japanese Buddhism is no exception. Inasmuch as b…

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Christoph Kleine, “Biography and Hagiography: Japan”, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online, Editor-in-Chief: Consulting Editors: Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2467-9666_enbo_COM_0066>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20151231

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