immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)


Akakura Mountain Shrine

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

Since the founding of Akakura Mountain Shrine, worshippers have produced and dedicated paintings as offerings in the shrine.  Most of the paintings are displayed in the Shinden inner sanctuary; others are visible in the adjacent Reido ancestral shrine and the Five Lord Shrines (Godaimyoo) in the rear of the complex. Many depict revelatory visions experienced during shugyo (ascetic discipline)

See: internet Resources on Japanese Paintings

SEE: "slide show" of paintings


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Description of Paintings
Hawk on branch Shinden Altar
Coiled dragon Shinden
  Swirling dragons Shinden
Waterfall of Fudo Shinden
Detail: Akakura Daigongen as a Young Man Shinden
Detail: Foundress and Disciples Shinden
Detail: two playing dragons Shinden
Kobo Daishi and the Foundress Shinden
Akakura Daigongen as Old Man (Detail from a Waterfall of Fudo painting) Shinden
Founder's Dream: Dragon and Full Moon Shinden (over front door)
Two Birds on branch. Shinden
Waterfall painting of Akakura Daigongen on Golden Cloud Shinden
Detail: Foundress Praying at base of waterfall Shinden
Akakura Daigongen as Young Man Reido
Fudo Myoo running Reido
Fudo Myoo seated by waterfallw Godaimyoo
Celestial Maiden Godaimyoo


SEE: "slide show" of paintings

Internet Resources on Japanese Religious Paintings

Buddhist art of

Images of Shinto Dieties (Shinzo)

Honolulu Academy of Arts

Washington State University: Ancient Japan Gallery

Women's Early Art

Surveys of Japanese Art by Medium: Painting (Asia Society: a bibliographic guide)

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