Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Copying scriptures

The hand copying of Buddhist sutras is an active religious practice for lay people in Japan today, according to the Japan Times.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Cures with scriptures

Talismanic uses of scriptures remain quite widespread. For one interesting example, see Quran-O-Pathy.