The Transnational Cult of Mount Wutai

Historical and Comparative Perspectives


The Transnational Cult of Mount Wutai explores the pan-East Asian significance of sacred Mount Wutai from the Northern Dynasties to the present day. Offering novel readings of comparatively familiar visual and textual sources and, in many cases, examining unstudied or understudied noncanonical materials, the papers collected here illuminate the roles that both local actors and individuals dwelling far beyond Mount Wutai’s borders have played in its making and remaking as a holy place for more than fifteen hundred years. The work aims to contribute to our understanding of the ways that sacred geography is made and remade in new places and times.

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Biographical Note
Susan Andrews, Ph.D. (2012), Columbia University, is Associate Professor of East Asian Religions at Mount Allison University. Her research explores sacred place and pilgrimage, Buddhism’s interactions with autochthonous forms of practice, the economics of religious life, and participative pedagogy.

Jinhua Chen, Ph.D. (1997), McMaster University, is Professor of East Asian intellectual history at the University of British Columbia. The author of numerous monographs, edited volumes, book chapters, and journal articles, Chen’s research has examined state-church relationships, monastic (hagio/)biographical literature, Buddhist sacred sites, relic veneration, Buddhism and technological innovation in medieval China, and Buddhist translations.

Kuan Guang, Ph.D.(2010), SOAS, is a Research Fellow in Chinese Buddhism at King’s College, London. Kuan Guang's principle research interests lie in the history and texts of Chinese Buddhism, with a particular expertise and interest in translating classical Chinese Buddhist and historical texts. His current study is focused on Ming Buddhist history, particularly on an internationally well-known Buddhist pilgrimage centre Wutai Shan.
This work will be of great interest to not only Buddhist Studies scholars but also individuals in fields including Religious Studies, History, and Asian Studies.
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