Liuli in the Buddhist Ritual and Art in Medieval China


2019-02-21 02:03

Yu Xin
Fudan Journal

Abstract: In Buddhist textsliuli was considered as one of the Seven Treasures ( qibao 七宝) The author investigated all kinds of materials concerning glass: Buddhist scriptureshistorical recordsChinese poetries and literaturesstone inscriptionsmanuscripts and paintings from the Dunhuang Library Cavemural paintings in Gansu and Xinjiangarcheological relics from terrestrial palaces of Buddhist pagodastombs and cellarsand focuses on the relationship between liuli and other unearthed remains in a holistic approach to the Seven Treasuresand in the context of Buddhist offerings ( treasure offering and flower offering) and sacred utensilsThe author hopes to cast some new light on the religious functions and symbolic meaning of liuli in Buddhist ritual practicestrace the origin of this concept and examine its demonstration in text and artThis paper is a case study intended to develop a comprehensive understanding of ritual texts and religious practices in the using of sacred objects and to rethink the role of material culture in Buddhist history and natural history in Medieval China

Keywords: liuli; poli; Seven Treasures; Buddhist rituals; religious practice

The Chinese version appeared in Fudan Journal, 2018(06).




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