Health-related votive tablets from Japan : ema for healing and well-being / Peter A.G.M. De Smet ; Ian Reader.
- Smet, Peter A. G. M. de
About this work
"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."--Cover page 4.
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LocationHistory of Medicine BUA.26