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Master of Arts (M.A.)
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Month Degree Awarded
Buddhism, Women, Sex, Impurity, Japan, Literature
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This thesis consists of research on women and Buddhism in light of a medieval Japanese Buddhist tales collection called Kankyo no Ｔomo. This collection reveals the predicament in which women in medieval Japan found themselves. As the focus of sexual desire (towards them and by them), they were also inherently polluted due to their connection with blood (kegare).
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
Miller, Stephen D