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)

II. IMAGES IN THE REIDO  SHRINE ROOM (To right of Inner Sanctuary)

Votive painting of Akakura Daigongen in his dark-haired wild young male form, standing atop the mountain overlooking the blue Sea of Japan. He is dressed in blue robes, with mountain climbing boots, holding a great ax in his right hand.  His eyes are shown bulging out, with great bushy eyes brows.  Kanji  on top reads honnen (offering); this is entirely appropriate, for all paintings in the shrine are considered to be offerings.

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