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Figurations of Time in Asia

Boschung, Dietrich [u.a] [Hrsg.]:
Figurations of Time in Asia / ed. by Dietrich Boschung and Corinna Wessels-Mevissen. - Paderborn : Wilhelm Fink, 2012. - 351, 28 S. : Ill. - (Morphomata ; Vol. 4)
ISBN 978-3-7705-5447-8
EUR 49,90
DDC: 115.095; 304.237095

The experience and the ensuing structuring of time forms a constitutive part of human cultures. There are many ways of coming to terms with time, calendars and historiographies being its most common cultural representations. The contributions to this volume deal with lesser known figurations that result directly from the various perceptions about time and phenomena related to time. Diachronous investigations in various parts of Asia (predominantly South Asia) reveal a broad spectrum of such visual and literary figurative manifestations.
   While Hinduism recognizes a divine personification of time and allocates the ominous factor time in an ontological proximity to death, other cultures of Asia have developed their own specific concepts and strategies. This collection of essays combines perspectives of various disciplines on figurations in which time congeals, as it were. These figurations result from local time regimes, and beyond demonstrating their diversity of forms this volume offers coordinates for a comparison of cultures.
   The topics include chronograms as well as early Buddhist topoi of the vastness of time, the Indian Jaina representation of both temporality and non-temporality and the teachings of a Mediaeval Zen master hinting at the more stationary aspects of time. [Verlagsinformation]

Dietrich Boschung:
Preface. 7
Corinna Wessels-Mevissen:
Introduction. 9
Eugen Ciurtin:
'Thus Have I Quaked': The Tempo of the Buddha's Vita and the Earliest Buddhist Fabric of Timelessness (The Buddha's Earthquakes II). 21
Robert J. Del Bontà:
Existing In and Out of Time: Kāla or Akāla in Jaina Iconography. 55
Gerd J.R. Mevissen:
Figurations of Time and Protection: Sun, Moon, Planets and Other Astral Phenomena in South Asian Art. 82
Ryōsuke Ōhashi:
The Concept of Time According to Zen Master Dōgen: "A Pine Tree Is Also Time, A Bamboo Is Also Time". 148
E.P. Wieringa:
A Monument Marking the Dawn of the Muslim Era in Java: Chronicles and Chronograms on the Grand Mosque of Demak. 157
Béla Kelényi:
The Representation of Astrological Knowledge in the Cult of the Tibetan Prayer Flag. 193
Karl-Heinz Golzio:
The Calendar Systems of Ancient India and Their Spread to Southeast Asia. 205
Joachim K. Bautze:
Time of the Maharajas as Reflected in Indian Painting from Kota. 226
Christoph Emmrich:
Piling Up Bones and Burning Down the World. Buddhist Literary Images to Think By and Time. 271
Corinna Wessels-Mevissen:
The Early Image of Śiva Naṭarāja: Aspects of Time and Space. 298
Contributors. 349
Plates. 352

DIETRICH BOSCHUNG, Professor für Klassische Archäologie, Universität Köln. Profilseite.
CORINNA WESSELS-MEVISSEN, Tätigkeiten als Museumskuratorin, freie Wissenschaftlerin und Lehrbeauftragte in der Abteilung Kunstgeschichte Südasiens des Kunsthistorischen Instituts der Freien Universität Berlin. Mitarbeiterprofil Kolleg Morphomata

Quellen: Wilhelm Fink; Deutsche Nationalbibliothek;; Amazon (Deutschland); WorldCat; Morphomata; Corinna Wessels-Mevissen, Mailing-Liste "Indology", 5. Nov. 2012
Bildquelle: Wilhelm Fink
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  1. Boschung, Dietrich, Wessels-Mevissen, Corinna (2012).  Figurations of Time in Asia. Concepts of Time and Their Visual and Material Aspects – Focus Asia. 351, 28 S.