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Hagiographies d'ascètes devenus 'bouddhas en ce corps' au Japon. Histoire narrative et processus de sanctification : le cas de Tetsumonkai (1759-1829)

Abstract : The purpose of this work is to study the figure of Tetsumonkai, a shingon affiliated priest who mummified himself at the beginning of the 19th century in Dewa Sanzan, North of Japan. The prime goal of this work is to get a better understanding of his religion group, the issei gyônin, and their daily activities. As Tetsumonkai was a pioneer in his own time, being the instigator of the sokushinbutsu’s cult as it is known nowadays, the main purpose of this work is to study if and how this human being was deified and elevated to the rank of bodhisattva and whole-body relic. This is undertaken by not only studying the customs surrounding the mummification but by studying the writings about his life as well. This work tries to compare the few existing hagiographies mentioning him to other similar representative writings of the genre in Japan in order to question if there was a process of deification and if it is achieved as well by the means of writing, thus completing the process of production of sokushinbutsu.
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Laura Agnel. Hagiographies d'ascètes devenus 'bouddhas en ce corps' au Japon. Histoire narrative et processus de sanctification : le cas de Tetsumonkai (1759-1829). Religions. 2021. ⟨dumas-03424817⟩

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