This creative thesis addresses paintings and other visual representations of different Buddhist Hells and responds to them through written poetry. Visions of Hell is a compilation of eight poems inspired by several of the many Buddhist Naraka, or Hells. These “ are not the traditional “Hells” one might imagine today, if anything, they were closer to our notion of Purgatories. Each hell is reserved for specific types of sinners —the type or crime dictating the appropriate hell to inhabit. However, this causal relation, typically present in works of Buddhist art, is not used in the poems. This compilation narrates the story of a man who has just poisoned his wife after she cheated on him. Confronted by images of Buddhist Hells, he inserts himself in the paintings while attempting to deal with his guilt.
Prof. John Mulrooney, Thesis Advisor
Dr. Sean McPherson, Thesis Advisor
Prof. Evan Dardano, Committee Member
Prof. Blake Ruehrwein, Committee Member
Dr. Andrés Montenegro, Committee Member
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Original document was submitted as an Honors Program requirement. Copyright is held by the author.
Wilson, John. (2019). Visions of Hell. In BSU Honors Program Theses and Projects. Item 405. Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/honors_proj/405
Copyright © 2019 John Wilson