Workshop: Ganmon Liturgies in Premodern East Asia

October 9, 2018

Composed by specially trained practitioners (often university-trained scholars) and couched in elaborate Chinese-style parallel prose, ganmon were read out loud at religious services (primarily Buddhist in orientation, although there are ganmon addressing non-Buddhist deities).

Columbia University's Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture will be hosting an international workshop on October 12-13, 2018, to gather scholars of language, history, religion, and literature working on Japanese ganmon and their Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese antecedents/counterparts to discuss the significance of this understudied but crucial premodern genre.

Find more information at and the full schedule at

The workshop is sponsored by:

  • Department of Linguistics, Cornell University
  • Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
  • Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, Columbia University
  • The Confucius Institute at Columbia University
  • The Laboratory Program for Korean Studies, Ministry of Education of Republic of Korea and the Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2016-LAB-225004)
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