Thomas Kaiser / Leedom Lefferts / Martina Wernsdörfer

HINGABE

Das Vessantara-Epos in Rollbildern und Dorffesten Nordost-Thailands


BROWSE


192 pp.
24 x 31 cm, 116 ills. in colour and 5 in b/w. Hardcover.
German

$65.00 incl. VAT



ISBN 978-3-89790-489-7 Category:

Overview

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 one: generosity. He gave away everything dear to him – in
the climactic scene of the story even his wife and children.

In North-East Thailand this tale is celebrated annually as Bun Phra Wet;
pha Phra Wet – ‘Vessantara cloths’ – form the visual framework
for this festival: hand-painted scrolls, which can reach lengths of up
to one hundred metres.
HinGabe/Devotion presents, for the very first time, a selection of six full-length
scrolls and explores a contemporary multimedia celebration of an ancient
Buddhist text.

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