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Sorin Darani (sutra) from the Hyakumanto-darani (Million Sutra Pagodas)

Sorin Darani (sutra) from the Hyakumanto-darani (Million Sutra Pagodas) The Million sutra Pagodas are the world's oldest existing record of printing. From 764 to 770 Empress Koken issued orders to print one million darani (sutra) to pray for the security and peace of the country. Each sutra was placed in a small wooden three-storied pagoda around 12 cm high and enshrined in a temple such as Horyuji. Sorin darani is one of the four types of printed darani sutra. There are two theories regarding the printing method, either woodblock or copper relief, however this point still remains undermined at this time.   











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