CSRS Public Lecture Series: The Nuns of Kumano and Their Pictorial Sermons
Thursday, November 29th, 2012
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
This lecture focuses on itinerant female religious performers called Kumano bikuni (the nuns of Kumano), who were active between the 16th and 18th centuries in Japan. Travelling across the country, they promoted the syncretic cult of the Kumano Mountains, a popular pilgrimage site that attracts a variety of people regardless of class, gender or religious affiliation. To raise funds for their temples and shrines, the nuns used pictorial sermons that addressed the everyday concerns of the commoners, and especially women. This lecture examines how Kumano bikuni adapted Buddhist teachings to the needs of female commoners of the era.
Chihiro Saka completed her first bachelor’s degree in intercultural communication at Ryukoku University in Japan and her second bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of Victoria. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in Pacific and Asian studies at the University of Victoria.
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University of Victoria Social Sciences and Math Building Room A104
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