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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 
Venue: 
FAMES Room 8/9
Event date: 
Monday, 4 February, 2019 - 17:00 to 19:00

Sainsbur Institute Art Lecture

Jealous goddesses and serene buddhas: the ‘arrival of belief’ at the eastern extremity of the silk roads

The nomination and inscription of a series of sites relating to early Buddhism in Korea and Japan and Shinto and Buddhism in Japan as UNESCO World Heritage raises a number of questions about the relationship between heritage and religion in East Asia. This talk will introduce several of these initiatives and explore what new light the research and public engagement they are stimulating is having on our understanding of the adoption of Buddhism in pen/insular East Asia. Specific examples include the Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites of the Munakata Region https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1535 and the Historic Landscapes of Asuka and Fujiwara https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5097/ in Japan, and the Historic Areas of Baekje https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1477 , and Gyeongju https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/976 , Capitals and Tombs of Koguryo https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1135 in Korea. We will close with a preview of a new project planned for 2020, which set these questions in a more global context.