Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/162473
Full metadata record
DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorLiaw, Jia Xuanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2022-10-25T01:23:18Z-
dc.date.available2022-10-25T01:23:18Z-
dc.date.issued2022-
dc.identifier.citationLiaw, J. X. (2022). The compassionate saviour and lethal temptresses: Kannon and Femme Fatales in setsuwa literature during the Heian period. Final Year Project (FYP), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. https://hdl.handle.net/10356/162473en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10356/162473-
dc.description.abstractKannon, also known as Avalokiteśvara or Kuan-yin, is the bodhisattva of compassion who remains a popular focus of Buddhist veneration in China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Appearing more often than any other deities in medieval Japanese texts, tales of Kannon featured prominently in premodern Japanese tales called setsuwa. Scholarship on setsuwa has focused on the feminine depiction of unusual and supernatural creatures. This thesis extends a different perspective of Kannon beyond a subject of supplication and examines her role in shaping Japanese society during the Heian period. By placing Kannon and other female fantastic across two setsuwa collections into conversation — the Nihon Ryōiki (ca. 822) and the Konjaku Monogatarishū (ca. 1120) — I explore how female fantastic in these tales framed the lives of Japanese men and women. The quasi-historical reality depicted by setsuwa is a period where mortals lived alongside gods, heroes, and the supernatural. Thus, this paper argues that Kannon, as a saviour, dictated the idealized female behaviour. By juxtaposing Kannon against the trope of lethal Temptresses, who often function as literary devices with the aim of policing male behaviour, I argue that Kannon indirectly polices female behaviour in Heian society. Above all, this paper addresses the wanting presence of the divine in secondary literature that has limited contemporaneous understanding of the medieval Japanese worldview about gender and religion.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherNanyang Technological Universityen_US
dc.subjectHumanities::History::Asia::Japanen_US
dc.titleThe compassionate saviour and lethal temptresses: Kannon and Femme Fatales in setsuwa literature during the Heian perioden_US
dc.typeFinal Year Project (FYP)en_US
dc.contributor.supervisorFaizah Binte Zakariaen_US
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Humanitiesen_US
dc.description.degreeBachelor of Arts in Historyen_US
dc.contributor.supervisoremailfaizahz@ntu.edu.sgen_US
item.grantfulltextrestricted-
item.fulltextWith Fulltext-
Appears in Collections:SoH Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI)
Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
FYP - Jia Xuan.pdf
  Restricted Access
501.38 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Page view(s)

36
Updated on Jan 31, 2023

Download(s)

9
Updated on Jan 31, 2023

Google ScholarTM

Check

Items in DR-NTU are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.