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Yamagoe no Amida@ŽR‰zˆ¢–í‘É
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Also read yamgoshi no Amida. Also Amida yamagoe/yamagoshi raigou ˆ¢–í‘ÉŽR‰z—ˆŒ}. Lit. *Amida ˆ¢–í‘É Coming Over the Mountain. A variant of the raigou painting *raigou-zu —ˆŒ}}, with Amida, either seated or standing, shown rising above or coming through a mountain landscape in the foreground with various attendants accompanying him. Amida's mudra is usually the *tenbourin-in “]–@—Öˆó, Amida's preaching mudra, with both hands turned outward and thumb and forefinger forming circles before the chest. This mudra (hand gesture) is associated with the upper grade: middle birth joubon chuushou ã•i’†¶ of the *Amida kubon-in ˆ¢–í‘É‹ã•iˆó
The Yamagoe no Amida paintings were displayed during the nenbutsu ”O•§ practice for a dying person. A fragment of the five-colored strings, which are thought to once connect a dying believer with the deity, remain on the Amida's hand. An example of such a painting is the 14c Konkaikoumyouji ‹à‰úŒõ–¾Ž›, Kyoto .
The origin of the Yamagoe no Amida iconography is not clear. Legend says that it is derived from a vision of the Tendai “V‘ä monk Genshin Œ¹M (942-1017).
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