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Image, Recitation, and Celebration of the Vessantara Epic in Northeast Thailand

By (author) Thomas Kaiser
By (author) Leedom Lefferts
By (author) Martina Wernsdorfer


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  • Six Vessantara Jataka picture scrolls published in full length for the very first time
  • In depth essays explore a contemporary multimedia celebration of an ancient Buddhist text
  • An exciting journey into unknown stories and narrative structure
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The Vessantara Jataka is the tale of Buddha’s last life, before he was reborn as the historical Buddha 2,500 years ago. In this earlier existence as Prince Vessantara he demonstrated evidence of the highest virtue that constitutes an enlightened man: generosity. Vessantara gave away everything dear to him – in the climactic scene of the story, even his wife and children. In North-East Thailand the Vessantara tale is celebrated annually as Bun Phra Wet. Pha Phra Wet – ‘Vessantara cloths’ – form the visual framework for this festival; they are hand-painted scrolls, which can reach lengths of up to one hundred metres.

Devotion presents, for the very first time, a selection of six full-length Vessantara scrolls and explores a contemporary multimedia celebration of an ancient Buddhist text.

Arnoldsche Art Publishers
6th Jul 2017
UK, US, Eastern Europe, France, Benelux, Japan, South Korea, Africa, South America & Ireland exclusive. South Africa, N&M East, China non-exclusive
310 mm x 240 mm
192 Pages
116 color, 5 b&w
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