Buddha, Vol. 8: Jetavana by Osamu Tezuka

By Osamu Tezuka

Osamu Tezuka’s vaunted storytelling genius, consummate ability at visible expression, and hot humanity blossom absolutely in his eight-volume epic of Siddhartha’s existence and occasions. Tezuka evidences his profound seize of the topic via contextualizing the Buddha’s rules; the emphasis is on stream, motion, emotion, and clash because the prince Siddhartha runs clear of domestic, travels throughout India, and questions Hindu practices corresponding to ascetic self-mutilation and caste oppression. instead of suggest resignation and impassivity, Tezuka’s Buddha predicates enlightenment upon spotting the interconnectedness of lifestyles, having compassion for the agony, and ordering one’s lifestyles sensibly. Philosophical segments are threaded into interpersonal events with ground-breaking visible dynamism via an artist who makes yes by no means to lose his readers’ attention.

Tezuka himself was once a humanist instead of a Buddhist, and his magnum opus isn't really an try at propaganda. Hermann Hesse’s novel or Bertolucci’s movie is similar during this regard; actually, Tezuka’s technique is a little irreverent in that it contains anything that Western commentators frequently eschew, particularly, humor.

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Seabird cries mingled with the sound of crashing waves pounding the jagged rocks below. Nemu stood on the garden terrace, inhaling the clean salty air mixed with the scent of herbs and summer flowers that flourished in the garden. Like one of the Djinn, a type of faery that had to grant wishes when captured, Aberth had granted her wish. He had used the wicked looking instruments, that she thought were weapons, with the skill of a talented craftsman to successfully remove her wings. If she still had her wings, she would join the seabirds on their quest diving for fish beneath the dark green waves.

The slave trader's eyes grew round with surprise. " Ambiorix pulled a bag of coins off his belt and handed it to him. " The slave trader tried to return the coin bag. Towering over the man, Ambiorix shoved the coin bag into his hand. " "But, he cut my harness," the man sputtered. "There is enough money in there to pay for the boy and the harness. " The slave trader stomped off, the coin bag clutched in his chubby hand, muttering, "He is nothing but a thief anyway. " Ambiorix looked down at the wiry blonde boy, wondering if he should unshackle him.

By the gods, I think you have a river flowing there," a soft female voice said from behind him. Startled, he splattered his boots. Cursing, he finished and shook himself back into his trousers. Soft feminine laughter erupted behind him. He whirled around. " "You shouldn't sneak up on people. " He was glad of the darkness that hid the flush of red creeping up his cheeks. She was as tall as he was which was more than six feet and she had hair that was such a bright shade of red that it resembled firelight in the darkness.

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