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Wondrous Brutal FictionsEight Buddhist Tales from the Early Japanese Puppet Theater$
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Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231146586

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231146586.001.0001

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Karukaya

Karukaya

Chapter:
(p.60) Karukaya
Source:
Wondrous Brutal Fictions
Author(s):

R. Keller Kimbrough

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231146586.003.0003

Karukaya is the oldest dated sekkyō shōhon. Published by Jōruriya Kiemon, Karukaya tells the story of the monastic hero Karukaya who sends his son Ishidōmaru away without telling him who he is and first entrusting him with a fake memorial marker that he claims belong to the boy's dead father. Here the narrator reveals his own conflicting emotions, filling out the tale with long and formulaic oaths as well as epiphanies at the sight of birds. The text also describes the once-human origin of the celebrity Buddhist icon, the Parent and Child Jizō Bodhisattva of Zenkōji Temple in Shinano Province.

Keywords:   sekkyō shōhon, Karukaya, Jōruriya Kiemon, oaths, epiphanies, birds, Buddhist icon, Parent and Child Jizō Bodhisattva, Zenkōji Temple, Shinano Province

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