immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)





(See Chapter Two, "Between Worlds: Akakura's Architecture of Potential Transformation," esp. pp. 58-65, 77-83)

I. Images In the Shinden (Inner Sanctuary): 

The Foundress' Dream of the Dragon.

(See Immortal Wishes. frontispiece, also: p. 37)

This important painting hangs over the front entrance of the Shinden inner sanctuary. A long rectangular votive black and white painting of the enormous dragon that visited the foundress in her initiatory dreams, calling her to the mountain. The dragon's massive head is back-lit by a great full moon. In the foreground scores of small human figures watch:

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(Old Akakura Daigongen)

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