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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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Amida’s Riven Breast

Amida’s Riven Breast

(p.216) Amida’s Riven Breast
Wondrous Brutal Fictions

R. Keller Kimbrough

Columbia University Press

Amida's Riven Breast (Amida no munewari) is classified as a ko-jōruri shōhon, but is also known to have been performed as sekkyō by Tenma Hachidayū and to be thematically consistent with the sekkyō of its time. This Buddhist tale is divided into six acts, the third act of which contains a battle scene. In Amida no munewari, the siblings Teirei and Tenju lose their parents at the ages of five and seven. Then when the brother Teirei is ten years old, he proposes to his elder sister that they sell themselves as slaves to a rich man. Tenju is eventually saved by her Buddhist devotion. The story emphasizes the necessity of dan haramitsu practice of engaging religious professionals.

Keywords:   ko-jōruri shōhon, Amida's Riven Breast, Amida no munewari, sekkyō, slaves, Buddhist devotion, dan haramitsu

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