Call No. [Page No.]: [p. 105]
Document Type: Realia
Category: Asia - Japan Collection
In 764, Empress Shotoku decreed that a million prayers be printed. Each prayer, dharani, was to be housed in its own wooden pagoda, "hyaku-man to." The printed prayers and pagodas were deposited in temples according to the wishes of the Empress. Today, only Horyuji Temple, from which the University of Hawai'i dharani came, retains many of the one million prayers. The scrolls are the earliest form of printing on paper in the world.
Treasure record edited by Hamilton Library at 2010-07-16 14:15:11