Health-related votive tablets from Japan
Title
Health-related votive tablets from Japan
Subtitle
Ema for healing and well-being
Price
€ 49,00
ISBN
9789087282523
Format
Paperback
Number of pages
240
Language
English
Publication date
Dimensions
21 x 26 cm
Discipline
Asian Studies
Table of Contents
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Foreword
Abbreviations
Part one. Introduction
Part two. Health-related images
Part three. Human life
Part four: Illnesses
Part five: Animal health
Part six: Epilogue
Acknowledgements
Glossary
Index of sanctuaries
Index of designs

Peter de Smet, Ian Reader

Health-related votive tablets from Japan

Ema for healing and well-being

"Many Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan sell small wooden votive tablets (ema) which are meant to be left on a rack at the sanctuary. The reverse of these tablets offers space to send a self-written wish or personal thank you message to the enshrined deity or buddha. Their front usually has a pre-printed or hand-painted design that is indicative of the intended purpose. In this book hundreds of contemporary ema designs for health-related purposes are reproduced and placed into their religious and biomedical context. A final chapter explores why there are differences between these purposes and current epidemiological patterns. This is the first book in English on the long-standing tradition of ema."
Authors

Peter de Smet

Prof.dr. Peter A.G.M. De Smet is scientific advisor of the Royal Dutch Pharmaceutical Association in The Hague and professor in Quality of Pharmaceutical Care at the Academic Medical Centre of the Radboud University Nijmegen,The Netherlands.

Ian Reader

Prof.dr. Ian R. Reader is professor emeritus and former head of Japanese Studies at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures of the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.