Health-related votive tablets from Japan : Ema for healing and well-being

Leiden Repository

Health-related votive tablets from Japan : Ema for healing and well-being

Type: Book (monograph)
Title: Health-related votive tablets from Japan : Ema for healing and well-being
Author: De Smet, Peter A.G.M.Reader, Ian
Pages: 240
Publisher: Leiden University Press (LUP)
Issue Date: 2017
Keywords: Shinto
Buddhism
Votive offerings
Faith healing
Abstract: Many Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan sell small wooden votive tablets (ema) which are meant to be left on a rack at the sanctuary. The reverse of these tablets offers space to send a self-written wish or personal thank you message to the enshrined deity or buddha. Their front usually has a pre-printed or hand-painted design that is indicative of the intended purpose. In this book hundreds of contemporary ema designs for health-related purposes are reproduced and placed into their religious and biomedical context. A final chapter explores why there are differences between these purposes and current epidemiological patterns. This is the first book in English on the long-standing tradition of ema.
Description: Published to accompany the exhibition held at Japan Museum SieboldHuis, March 17 - June 11, 2017
ISBN: 9789087282523
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/68655
  order book
 

Files in this item

Description Size View
application/pdf 9789087282523 De Smet spread.pdf 8.858Mb Under embargo

This item appears in the following Collection(s)