Cult of Maitreya (Duì Mílèfó de chóngbài 对弥勒佛的崇拜)|Duì Mílèfó de chóngbài 对弥勒佛的崇拜 (Cult of Maitreya)
Richard D. McBRIDE II
Maitreya carved into a mountain, Gansu Province. The iconography of Maitreya and his cult have gone through many transformations in Chinese society, from slim and sleek in the Northern Dynasties period to roly-poly in the Song era. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
In early medieval China the cult of Maitreya was an important focus of Buddhist belief. The cult originally was associated with the goal of monk-scholars to be