This lecture by Dr. Hank Glassman will focus on a deity called Jizô bodhisattva. Dr. Glassman will emphasize the adaptation of Buddhist deities to local beliefs and will also talk about the place of religious icons in medieval Japan.
Dr. Glassman is Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Haverford College. His research focuses on Japanese Buddhism; medieval Japanese history; gender; material and visual culture; classical and medieval literature; thanatology; lived religions; and iconology. He is the author of many articles on Japanese religion, co-editor of a special issue of Japanese Journal of Religious Studies on “Vernacular Buddhism and Medieval Japanese Literature” (2009), and author of The Face of Jiz?: Image and Cult in Medieval Japanese Buddhism (2012).