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Collection Librarian: Amy Bryant. Please send comments or content corrections to Michael Thiedeman, Professor of Art, Earlham College, Richmond, IN 47374 USA. email address: thiedmi@earlham.edu

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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As described on the museum label,"Although elaborately adorned like a bodhisattva, this figure in fact represents Vajradhara, the Primordial Buddha. He is seated in a meditation posture with his hands crossed, holding a thunderbolt and a bell in the…

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The bride and groom join a small group, presumably their parents and immediate families. The Shinto wedding ceremony is typically attended only by a small group of immediate family or very close relatives and friends. After the ceremony there will…

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The architecture of the shrine building in the background, behind the wedding couple, speaks clearly of the intermingling of elements that are Shinto and Buddhist, perhaps Chinese and Japanese, indigenous and imported. Identify these elements and…

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This young couple were married in the traditional Shinto ceremony at the famous Itsukushima shrine on Miyajima Island in the Inland Sea, near Hiroshima. They are wearing traditional formal dress for the Shinto ceremony.

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Stone torii gate at the entrance to the main shrine at Miyajima.

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This is a photograph of the Nandaimon, the Great South Gate, at Todaiji in Nara. Taken in early December, with mist and fog in the chilly late afternoon air, it conveys a sense of mood of time and place. It was taken from inside the outer precinct…

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Editorial assistant, Joseph Augustin. Library Consultant, Amy Bryant. Please send any questions, comments, or content corrections to Michael Thiedeman, Professor of Art, Earlham College, Richmond, IN 47374 USA. email address: thiedmi@earlham.edu …
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