Call No. [Page No.]: [p. 105]
Object Type: Realia
Collection: Asia - Japan Collection
Date: Circa Unknown
Date Details: circa 764CE
Location: Special Collections/Rare, University of Hawaii at Manoa Library
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 on 2010-07-16 14:15:11