The Teeth and Claws of the Buddha: Monastic Warriors and Sohei in Japanese History

4 avg rating
( 7 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780824831233: The Teeth and Claws of the Buddha: Monastic Warriors and Sohei in Japanese History
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Japan’s monastic warriors have fared poorly in comparison to the samurai, both in terms of historical reputation and representations in popular culture. Often maligned and criticized for their involvement in politics and other secular matters, they have been seen as figures separate from the larger military class. However, as Mikael Adolphson reveals in his comprehensive and authoritative examination of the social origins of the monastic forces, political conditions, and warfare practices of the Heian (794–1185) and Kamakura (1185–1333) eras, these "monk-warriors"(sôhei) were in reality inseparable from the warrior class. Their negative image, Adolphson argues, is a construct that grew out of artistic sources critical of the established temples from the fourteenth century on.

In deconstructing the sôhei image and looking for clues as to the characteristics, role, and meaning of the monastic forces, The Teeth and Claws of the Buddha highlights the importance of historical circumstances; it also points to the fallacies of allowing later, especially modern, notions of religion to exert undue influence on interpretations of the past. It further suggests that, rather than constituting a separate category of violence, religious violence needs to be understood in its political, social, military, and ideological contexts.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

"Comprehensive, lucid, and authoritative, this study is long overdue and establishes Adolphson as one of a handful of scholars who have dealt with religious protests and violence in an intelligent and captivating way."--W. Wayne Farris, University of Hawai'i

"Mikael Adolphson has both advanced the scholarly understanding of the broader configurations of the samurai and has also done a fine job of dispelling many myths about `warrior monks' that persist in Japanese and Western popular culture."--G. Cameron Hurst, University of Pennsylvania

About the Author:

Mikael S. Adolphson is associate professor of Japanese cultural studies at the University of Alberta.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780824830649: The Teeth and Claws of the Buddha: Monastic Warriors and Sohei in Japanese History

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0824830644 ISBN 13:  9780824830649
Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr, 2007
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Adolphson, Mikael S.
ISBN 10: 0824831233 ISBN 13: 9780824831233
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2007. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # KS-9780824831233

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.15
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Mikael S. Adolphson
Published by University of Hawai'i Press, United States (2007)
ISBN 10: 0824831233 ISBN 13: 9780824831233
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Hawai'i Press, United States, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Japan's monastic warriors have fared poorly in comparison to the samurai, both in terms of historical reputation and representations in popular culture. Often maligned and criticized for their involvement in politics and other secular matters, they have been seen as figures separate from the larger military class. However, as Mikael Adolphson reveals in his comprehensive and authoritative examination of the social origins of the monastic forces, political conditions, and warfare practices of the Heian (794-1185) and Kamakura (1185-1333) eras, these "monk-warriors"(sohei) were in reality inseparable from the warrior class. Their negative image, Adolphson argues, is a construct that grew out of artistic sources critical of the established temples from the fourteenth century on.In deconstructing the sohei image and looking for clues as to the characteristics, role, and meaning of the monastic forces, The Teeth and Claws of the Buddha highlights the importance of historical circumstances; it also points to the fallacies of allowing later, especially modern, notions of religion to exert undue influence on interpretations of the past. It further suggests that, rather than constituting a separate category of violence, religious violence needs to be understood in its political, social, military, and ideological contexts. Seller Inventory # AAS9780824831233

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 29.03
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Mikael S. Adolphson
Published by University of Hawai'i Press, United States (2007)
ISBN 10: 0824831233 ISBN 13: 9780824831233
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Hawai'i Press, United States, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Japan's monastic warriors have fared poorly in comparison to the samurai, both in terms of historical reputation and representations in popular culture. Often maligned and criticized for their involvement in politics and other secular matters, they have been seen as figures separate from the larger military class. However, as Mikael Adolphson reveals in his comprehensive and authoritative examination of the social origins of the monastic forces, political conditions, and warfare practices of the Heian (794-1185) and Kamakura (1185-1333) eras, these "monk-warriors"(sohei) were in reality inseparable from the warrior class. Their negative image, Adolphson argues, is a construct that grew out of artistic sources critical of the established temples from the fourteenth century on.In deconstructing the sohei image and looking for clues as to the characteristics, role, and meaning of the monastic forces, The Teeth and Claws of the Buddha highlights the importance of historical circumstances; it also points to the fallacies of allowing later, especially modern, notions of religion to exert undue influence on interpretations of the past. It further suggests that, rather than constituting a separate category of violence, religious violence needs to be understood in its political, social, military, and ideological contexts. Seller Inventory # AAS9780824831233

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 29.54
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Mikael S. Adolphson
Published by Univ of Hawaii Pr (2007)
ISBN 10: 0824831233 ISBN 13: 9780824831233
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Univ of Hawaii Pr, 2007. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 212 pages. 8.75x6.00x0.50 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # z-0824831233

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 28.15
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.62
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Mikael S. Adolphson (author)
Published by University of Hawai'i Press 2007-02-28, Honolulu (2007)
ISBN 10: 0824831233 ISBN 13: 9780824831233
New paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Hawai'i Press 2007-02-28, Honolulu, 2007. paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9780824831233

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 29.06
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.62
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Mikael S. Adolphson
Published by Univ of Hawaii Pr (2007)
ISBN 10: 0824831233 ISBN 13: 9780824831233
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Univ of Hawaii Pr, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0824831233

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 36.34
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Mikael S. Adolphson
Published by UNIV OF HAWAII PR (2007)
ISBN 10: 0824831233 ISBN 13: 9780824831233
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description UNIV OF HAWAII PR, 2007. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # TH9780824831233

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 37.67
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.19
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Mikael S. Adolphson
Published by University of Hawaii Press (2007)
ISBN 10: 0824831233 ISBN 13: 9780824831233
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Hawaii Press, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0824831233

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 40.41
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Adolphson, Mikael S.
Published by University of Hawaii Press
ISBN 10: 0824831233 ISBN 13: 9780824831233
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Hawaii Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0824831233 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW99.0490618

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 49.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Adolphson, Mikael S.
Published by University of Hawaii Press (2007)
ISBN 10: 0824831233 ISBN 13: 9780824831233
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Hawaii Press, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110824831233

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book