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Representation of the Ruler in Buddhist Inscriptions of Early Koryŏ
Author Vermeersch, Sem
Source Korean Studies
Volumev.26 n.2
Pages216 - 250
PublisherUniversity of Hawaii Press
Publisher Url
LocationHonolulu, HI, US [檀香山, 夏威夷州, 美國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
AbstractThis article traces the legacy of Buddhist kingship in the early Koryo period. T'aejo (r. 918-943), the founder of the Koryo dynasty (918-1392), was keen to follow in the footsteps of Silla kings and use Buddhist symbols of power. He also set great store on attracting eminent monks, granting them special favors and titles, and overseeing the construction of stelae inscriptions to commemorate them. These inscriptions also feature the king prominently and illuminate his relation to Buddhism. Although the king is not explicitly identified as a Buddhist ruler, the Buddhist dharma features as an integral element of kingship. In this universe, the worldly authority, personified by the king, always coexists with and depends on a spiritual counterpart, personified by the royal or state preceptor. One effect of this was that the authority of a ruler was never complete without a preceptor to validate and correct the royal power. Thus a great deal of ritual power was invested in these preceptors.
Table of contentsBuddhist kingship in theory and history 218
T'aejo's representation through Buddhism 222
confucian models and the king-preceptor relation 230
conclusion 239
appendix: monks associated with T'aejo 240
abbreviations 241
notes 242
ISSN0145840X (P); 15291529 (E)
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Created date2017.05.26
Modified date2020.05.11

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