sen-in 賤院
KEY WORD : architecture / buildings & structures
Also written 賎院. The quarters where the lowliest serfs lived in a Buddhist temple. In ancient Japan, these people were usually slaves who were bought and sold but could also be given to a temple by their owners who would legally release all claim to them. Living quarters for these people have been identified at Yakushiji 薬師寺 in Nara. Although little is known about the buildings it is assumed that they were of the humblest type. According to the restoration plan devised by Dr. Fukuyama Toshio 福山敏男, the quarters for serfs were within the utilitarian area of the the temple grounds.


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