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Sinners suffer in one of the hells of Buddhism. Japanese scroll, late 12th century, attributed to Tosa Mitsunaga

Sinners suffer in one of the hells of Buddhism. Japanese scroll, late 12th century, attributed to Tosa Mitsunaga


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Sinners suffer in one of the hells of Buddhism. Japanese scroll, late 12th century, attributed to Tosa Mitsunaga

BUDDHISM: HELL.
Sinners suffer in one of the hells of Buddhism. Japanese scroll, late 12th century, attributed to Tosa Mitsunaga

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12th Century Bradley Smith Buddhism Death Evil Heian Hell Japan Japanese Kamakura Religion Sinner Suffering


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This print takes us back to the late 12th century in Japan, where we witness the vivid depiction of sinners suffering in one of the hells of Buddhism. Attributed to Tosa Mitsunaga, this Japanese scroll offers a glimpse into the profound religious beliefs and artistic mastery of that era. The scene unfolds with haunting intensity as tormented souls endure unimaginable agony within this infernal realm. The artist's meticulous attention to detail brings every aspect of their suffering to life - from contorted expressions etched with despair to bodies writhing in anguish. This visual representation serves as a powerful reminder of the consequences awaiting those who succumb to evil deeds. Within Buddhist teachings, hell is an integral part of samsara, the cycle of birth and death. It symbolizes a place where sinners face retribution for their actions before being reborn into subsequent lives. By highlighting these realms through art, Buddhists sought not only to inspire fear but also encourage moral conduct and spiritual growth among believers. As we gaze upon this ancient masterpiece, it transports us back centuries ago when religion played a central role in shaping society and individuals' lives. It invites contemplation on our own actions and choices while reminding us that redemption is possible even amidst such harrowing circumstances. This print from Granger Art on Demand stands as a testament to both the enduring power of Buddhism's teachings and humanity's fascination with exploring themes like death, suffering, and salvation throughout history.

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