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Religions, Volume 11, Issue 4 (April 2020) – 63 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Folio 348 of the dispersed 355-page palm-leaf manuscript of the Sanskrit Gaṇḍavyūha-sūtra from [...] Read more. Folio 348 of the dispersed 355-page palm-leaf manuscript of the Sanskrit Gaṇḍavyūha-sūtra from Nepal, c. 1100, has six paintings, three on the recto and three on the verso, instead of the usual single image in the center of the recto. With depictions of Mañjuśrī, Avalokiteśvara, another bodhisattva vanquishing heretics, and a Buddhist priest setting fire to a Brahmanical rishi, the paintings on Folio 348 also differ in subject matter from other known folios of the manuscript. This shift in visual presentation at the end of the manuscript corresponds to a change from the prose text of Sudhana’s pilgrimage to the protective dhāraṇī verses that close the sūtra. The change in both textual content and visual imagery suggests that the artists were aware of the structure of the Gaṇḍavyūha-sūtra and used paintings to signal the transition. View this paper