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Miscellaneous informal remarks on narrative structures in Chinese maitreya accounts

Christoph Anderl UGent (2016) Sun Changwu jiaoshou bashi huadan jinian wenji = 孙昌武教授八十华诞纪念文集. p.113-143
abstract
This paper attempts to analyze narrative structures and strategies in selected early Chinese Maitreya accounts. In this article I will mainly focus on early material on Maitreya, based on a small selection of sources. Although many of the sūtra texts mentioned below can be dated to the Eastern Jìn period (317-420), the important question of text production and distribution during this early period (i.e., which texts were available during what time and at which locations, where and how did they originate) will not be dealt with (and also might be difficult to reconstruct in some cases). Generally, materials concerning Maitreya narratives include canonical scriptures, compilations and texts produced in China (often referred to as “apocryphals”), commentaries and essays on Maitreya, inscriptions on statues and steles. Although iconographic material (on which I superficially will touch upon in the first section of the paper) includes large numbers of statues (in addition to some early wall paintings), I have focused on a consistent set of statues from the 6th century discovered in the same region, and all of them containing detailed inscription texts.
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Maitreya, Chinese religions, Buddhism, Buddhist texts, Buddhist inscriptions, Maitreya statues, Buddhist statues
book title
Sun Changwu jiaoshou bashi huadan jinian wenji = 孙昌武教授八十华诞纪念文集
editor
Jiayu 稼雨 Ning 宁, Zhanpeng 占鹏 Xiao 肖, Ru 如 Zhan 湛, Hui 慧 Pu 普 and Peifeng 培锋 Zhang 张
pages
31 pages
publisher
Baihua wenyi chubanshe
place of publication
Tianjin
ISBN
9787530670873
language
English
Chinese
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yes
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B2
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I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
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8500716
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8500716
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2017-01-09 10:37:56
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2017-08-25 12:26:20
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Chicago
Anderl, Christoph. 2016. “Miscellaneous Informal Remarks on Narrative Structures in Chinese Maitreya Accounts.” In Sun Changwu Jiaoshou Bashi Huadan Jinian Wenji =  孙昌武教授八十华诞纪念文集, ed. Jiayu 稼雨 Ning 宁, Zhanpeng 占鹏 Xiao 肖, Ru 如 Zhan 湛, Hui 慧 Pu 普, and Peifeng 培锋 Zhang 张, 113–143. Tianjin: Baihua wenyi chubanshe.
APA
Anderl, C. (2016). Miscellaneous informal remarks on narrative structures in Chinese maitreya accounts. In J. 稼雨 Ning 宁, Z. 占鹏 Xiao 肖, R. 如 Zhan 湛, H. 慧 Pu 普, & P. 培锋 Zhang 张 (Eds.), Sun Changwu jiaoshou bashi huadan jinian wenji =  孙昌武教授八十华诞纪念文集 (pp. 113–143). Tianjin: Baihua wenyi chubanshe.
Vancouver
1.
Anderl C. Miscellaneous informal remarks on narrative structures in Chinese maitreya accounts. In: Ning 宁 J稼雨, Xiao 肖 Z占鹏, Zhan 湛 R如, Pu 普 H慧, Zhang 张 P培锋, editors. Sun Changwu jiaoshou bashi huadan jinian wenji =  孙昌武教授八十华诞纪念文集. Tianjin: Baihua wenyi chubanshe; 2016. p. 113–43.
MLA
Anderl, Christoph. “Miscellaneous Informal Remarks on Narrative Structures in Chinese Maitreya Accounts.” Sun Changwu Jiaoshou Bashi Huadan Jinian Wenji =  孙昌武教授八十华诞纪念文集. Ed. Jiayu 稼雨 Ning 宁 et al. Tianjin: Baihua wenyi chubanshe, 2016. 113–143. Print.