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): 

Two Birds

 Votive painting of two birds facing one another, perched on a tree branch. In the background is visible two peaks Akakura Mountain, entirely free of snow and covered in green. On the long "right" slope of Akakura mountain a grove of tree is visible. The symbolism of paired elements (dragons, birds, trees, etc) is common throughout shrine iconography. Some worshippers gloss this painting as depicting the mountain divinity Akakura Daigongen in avian form.

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