Religions of Japan

Religions of Japan
Author: H. Byron Earhart,Gottfried Büttner
Publsiher: Harper San Francisco
Total Pages: 142
Release: 1984
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religions of Japan Book Excerpt:

Traces the history of Japanese religious customs, describes modern religious practices, and explains the Japanese world view

Japanese Religious Traditions

Japanese Religious Traditions
Author: Michiko Yusa
Publsiher: Pearson College Division
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2002
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Japanese Religious Traditions Book Excerpt:

This series provides succinct and balanced overviews of the religions of the world. Written in an accessible and informative style, and assuming little or no prior knowledge on the part of the reader, each book gives a basic introduction to the faith--its history, beliefs, and practices--and emphasizes modern developments and the role and impact of the religion in today's world. Japanese Religious Traditions focuses on major Japanese religious concepts, practices, and sects within the traditions of Shinto, Buddhism, and popular modern movements. It is written in an accessible narrative that provides a valuable insight into the heart of Japanese culture. The coverage of the various key players in religious sects presents challenging philosophical questions to the reader, which in turn highlight the subtle nuances and shifts of expression in our own time and society.

Japanese Religions Past and Present

Japanese Religions Past and Present
Author: Esben Andreasen,Ian Reader,Finn Stefansson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 187
Release: 2013-10-08
ISBN: 1134238584
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Japanese Religions Past and Present Book Excerpt:

Each of the eight chapters deals with a specific topic, such as Shinto, Buddhism, the new religions, and Christianity; there is an introduction that outlines the subject to be considered followed by a series of readings.

The Religious Traditions of Japan 500 1600

The Religious Traditions of Japan 500 1600
Author: Richard Bowring,Professor Emeritus of Japanese Studies Richard Bowring
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 485
Release: 2005-09-15
ISBN: 9780521851190
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Religious Traditions of Japan 500 1600 Book Excerpt:

The first English-language overview of the interaction of Buddhism and Shinta in Japanese culture.

Religion in Japanese Culture

Religion in Japanese Culture
Author: Noriyoshi Tamaru,David Reid
Publsiher: Kodansha Amer Incorporated
Total Pages: 238
Release: 1996
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion in Japanese Culture Book Excerpt:

Religion in Japanese Culture is a response to the relentless change of the last twenty-five years. Retaining but revising the earlier volume's comprehensive survey of Japan's major religions, this book also presents six new essays exploring religion and the state, religion and education, urbanization and depopulation, the rebirth of religion, internalization, and religious organizations and Japanese law. In addition, a new appendix presents an analysis of Qum Shinrikyo's 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.

Women in Japanese Religions

Women in Japanese Religions
Author: Barbara R. Ambros
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2015-05-29
ISBN: 1479827622
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Women in Japanese Religions Book Excerpt:

Scholars have widely acknowledged the persistent ambivalence with which the Japanese religious traditions treat women. Much existing scholarship depicts Japan’s religious traditions as mere means of oppression. But this view raises a question: How have ambivalent and even misogynistic religious discourses on gender still come to inspire devotion and emulation among women? In Women in Japanese Religions, Barbara R. Ambros examines the roles that women have played in the religions of Japan. An important corrective to more common male-centered narratives of Japanese religious history, this text presents a synthetic long view of Japanese religions from a distinct angle that has typically been discounted in standard survey accounts of Japanese religions. Drawing on a diverse collection of writings by and about women, Ambros argues that ambivalent religious discourses in Japan have not simply subordinated women but also given them religious resources to pursue their own interests and agendas. Comprising nine chapters organized chronologically, the book begins with the archeological evidence of fertility cults and the early shamanic ruler Himiko in prehistoric Japan and ends with an examination of the influence of feminism and demographic changes on religious practices during the “lost decades” of the post-1990 era. By viewing Japanese religious history through the eyes of women, Women in Japanese Religions presents a new narrative that offers strikingly different vistas of Japan’s pluralistic traditions than the received accounts that foreground male religious figures and male-dominated institutions. Additional Resources

Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Religions

Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Religions
Author: Inken Prohl,John K. Nelson
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 676
Release: 2012-09-03
ISBN: 9004234357
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Religions Book Excerpt:

Representing work by some of the leading scholars in the field, the chapters in this handbook survey the transformation and innovation of religious traditions and practices in contemporary Japan.

Geography of Religion in Japan

Geography of Religion in Japan
Author: Keisuke Matsui
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 199
Release: 2013-12-09
ISBN: 4431545506
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Geography of Religion in Japan Book Excerpt:

This book discusses modern aspects of Japanese religion in terms of cultural geography. To understand the function of religion, it is essential to examine it in the context of local societies. One of the distinguishing characteristics of Japanese religion is its diversity; indeed, it is often remarked that “Japan is a museum of religions.” In this work, the author clarifies some geographical aspects of the complex situation of Japanese religion. Chapter 1 discusses the trend of geographical studies of religion in Japan, of which four types can be identified. Chapter 2 focuses on certain characteristics of Japanese religious traditions by discussing tree worship and the landscape of sacred places. Chapter 3 clarifies regional divisions in the catchment areas of Japanese Shintoism by analyzing the distribution of certain types of believers. The author discusses two case studies: the Kasama Inari Shrine and the Kanamura Shrine. Chapter 4 discusses some modern aspects of sacred places and tourism through two case studies. The first part of the chapter focuses on changes in the types of businesses at the Omotesando of the Naritasan Shinshoji-Monzenmachi, and the following sections examine the revitalization of the local community through the promotion of religious tourism.

Religions of Japan in Practice

Religions of Japan in Practice
Author: George J. Tanabe Jr.
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 584
Release: 2020-06-30
ISBN: 0691214743
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religions of Japan in Practice Book Excerpt:

This anthology reflects a range of Japanese religions in their complex, sometimes conflicting, diversity. In the tradition of the Princeton Readings in Religions series, the collection presents documents (legends and miracle tales, hagiographies, ritual prayers and ceremonies, sermons, reform treatises, doctrinal tracts, historical and ethnographic writings), most of which have been translated for the first time here, that serve to illuminate the mosaic of Japanese religions in practice. George Tanabe provides a lucid introduction to the "patterned confusion" of Japan's religious practices. He has ordered the anthology's forty-five readings under the categories of "Ethical Practices," "Ritual Practices," and "Institutional Practices," moving beyond the traditional classifications of chronology, religious traditions (Shinto, Confucianism, Buddhism, etc.), and sects, and illuminating the actual orientation of people who engage in religious practices. Within the anthology's three broad categories, subdivisions address the topics of social values, clerical and lay precepts, gods, spirits, rituals of realization, faith, court and emperor, sectarian founders, wizards, and heroes, orthopraxis and orthodoxy, and special places. Dating from the eighth through the twentieth centuries, the documents are revealed to be open to various and evolving interpretations, their meanings dependent not only on how they are placed in context but also on how individual researchers read them. Each text is preceded by an introductory explanation of the text's essence, written by its translator. Instructors and students will find these explications useful starting points for their encounters with the varied worlds of practice within which the texts interact with readers and changing contexts. Religions of Japan in Practice is a compendium of relationships between great minds and ordinary people, abstruse theories and mundane acts, natural and supernatural powers, altruism and self-interest, disappointment and hope, quiescence and war. It is an indispensable sourcebook for scholars, students, and general readers seeking engagement with the fertile "ordered disorder" of religious practice in Japan.

Japanese Religion

Japanese Religion
Author: H. Byron Earhart
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 115
Release: 1969
ISBN: 9780822101239
Category: Japan
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Daoism in Japan

Daoism in Japan
Author: Jeffrey L. Richey
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2015-05-01
ISBN: 1317662865
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Daoism in Japan Book Excerpt:

Like an ancient river, Daoist traditions introduced from China once flowed powerfully through the Japanese religious landscape, forever altering its topography and ecology. Daoism’s presence in Japan still may be discerned in its abiding influence on astrology, divination, festivals, literature, politics, and popular culture, not to mention Buddhism and Shintō. Despite this legacy, few English-language studies of Daoism’s influence on Japanese religious culture have been published. Daoism in Japan provides an exploration of the particular pathways by which Daoist traditions entered Japan from continental East Asia. After addressing basic issues in both Daoist Studies and the study of Japanese religions, including the problems of defining ‘Daoism’ and ‘Japanese,’ the book looks at the influence of Daoism on ancient, medieval and modern Japan in turn. To do so, the volume is arranged both chronologically and topically, according to the following three broad divisions: "Arrivals" (c. 5th-8th centuries CE), "Assimilations" (794-1868), and "Apparitions" (1600s-present). The book demonstrates how Chinese influence on Japanese religious culture ironically proved to be crucial in establishing traditions that usually are seen as authentically, even quintessentially, Japanese. Touching on multiple facets of Japanese cultural history and religious traditions, this book is a fascinating contribution for students and scholars of Japanese Culture, History and Religions, as well as Daoist Studies.

Introducing Japanese Religion

Introducing Japanese Religion
Author: Robert S. Ellwood
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 269
Release: 2008
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Introducing Japanese Religion Book Excerpt:

Introducing Japanese Religion is the ideal resource for students who are beginning their studies in the religious traditions of Japan. It offers a living picture of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, and a rich understanding of the history and practice of religions in Japan. Robert Ellwood explores the religious heritage of this fascinating country, from the dawn of spirituality to the present day. He gives special attention to the traditions of Shinto, the different forms of Buddhism in Japan, including Shingon and Tendai, and Confucianism. He also explores Japanese New Religious Movements, including Aum Shrinrikyo. Each religion is clearly described in terms of its history, practice, sociology and organization, and Ellwood emphasizes how in practice Japanese religion interacts and intermingles. Finally, Ellwood discusses the influence of Japan on popular culture, including discussion of anim¿and the transmission of Japanese spiritual, mythical and religious themes to the rest of the world. Introducing Japanese Religion also includes illustrations, lively quotations from original sources, learning goals, summary boxes, questions for discussion, suggestions for further reading and a glossary to aid study and revision. The accompanying website for this book can be found at www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415774260.

Religion in Japan Unity and Diversity

Religion in Japan  Unity and Diversity
Author: H. Byron Earhart
Publsiher: Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2013-01-01
ISBN: 1285528816
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion in Japan Unity and Diversity Book Excerpt:

This standard text explores religion in Japan as a complex tapestry of different religious strands, reflecting both the unity and diversity of Japanese culture, a theme Earhart pioneered in the first edition (1969) of this enduring, classic book--a theme he has devoted subsequent decades to refining through cutting-edge scholarship and keen observation of the evolving religious scene. Tracing the development of religious traditions from the prehistoric era through modern times, Earhart explores the vital influence of Shinto, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and folk religion. Presuming no technical or academic background, the text guides students to key Japanese religious themes, which include the proximity of humans and gods, the religious character of the family, the bond between religion and the nation, and the pervasiveness of religion in everyday life. This new edition updates the description and interpretation of the entire history of religion in Japan in light of the latest developments in the field. In the latter chapters, changes in the contemporary scene are highlighted, discussing Tokyo Disneyland, manga, and anime as alternative reality, as well as the innovations in more traditional events such as wedding ceremonies and rites for the dead. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Sea and the Sacred in Japan

The Sea and the Sacred in Japan
Author: Fabio Rambelli
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2018-07-12
ISBN: 1350062871
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sea and the Sacred in Japan Book Excerpt:

The Sea and the Sacred in Japan is the first book to focus on the role of the sea in Japanese religions. While many leading Shinto deities tend to be understood today as unrelated to the sea, and mountains are considered the privileged sites of sacredness, this book provides new ways to understand Japanese religious culture and history. Scholars from North America, Japan and Europe explore the sea and the sacred in relation to history, culture, politics, geography, worldviews and cosmology, space and borders, and ritual practices and doctrines. Examples include Japanese indigenous conceptualizations of the sea from the Middle Ages to the 20th century; ancient sea myths and rituals; sea deities and sea cults; the role of the sea in Buddhist cosmology; and the international dimension of Japanese Buddhism and its maritime imaginary.

Why are the Japanese Non religious

Why are the Japanese Non religious
Author: Toshimaro Ama
Publsiher: University Press of America
Total Pages: 90
Release: 2005
ISBN: 9780761830566
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why are the Japanese Non religious Book Excerpt:

This book explains how folklore and culture have been integrated into the Japanese religious mind, it examines governmental influence over the development of Japanese religion, and introduces several attempts to restore authentic spirituality.

The Religious Traditions of Asia

The Religious Traditions of Asia
Author: Joseph Kitagawa
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2013-09-05
ISBN: 1136875972
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Religious Traditions of Asia Book Excerpt:

This essential student textbook consists of seventeen sections, all written by leading scholars in their different fields. They cover all the religious traditions of Southwest Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Tibet, and East Asia. The major traditions that are described and discussed are (from the Southwest) Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Islam, and (from the East) Taoism, Confucianism and Shinto. In addition, the tradition of Bon in Tibet, the shamanistic religions of Inner Asia, and general Chinese, Korean and Japanese religion are also given full coverage. The emphasis throughout is on clear description and analysis, rather than evaluation. Ten maps are provided to add to the usefulness of this book, which has its origin in the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Religion, edited by Mircea Eliade of the University of Chicago.

A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism

A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism
Author: William E. Deal,Brian Ruppert
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2015-03-31
ISBN: 1118608313
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism Book Excerpt:

A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism offers a comprehensive, nuanced, and chronological account of the evolution of Buddhist religion in Japan from the sixth century to the present day. Traces each period of Japanese history to reveal the complex and often controversial histories of Japanese Buddhists and their unfolding narratives Examines relevant social, political, and transcultural contexts, and places an emphasis on Japanese Buddhist discourses and material culture Addresses the increasing competition between Buddhist, Shinto, and Neo-Confucian world-views through to the mid-nineteenth century Informed by the most recent research, including the latest Japanese and Western scholarship Illustrates the richness and complexity of Japanese Buddhism as a lived religion, offering readers a glimpse into the development of this complex and often misunderstood tradition

The Culture of Secrecy in Japanese Religion

The Culture of Secrecy in Japanese Religion
Author: Bernhard Scheid,Mark Teeuwen
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 398
Release: 2015-04-22
ISBN: 113416873X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Culture of Secrecy in Japanese Religion Book Excerpt:

The Japanese Middle Ages were a period when forms of secrecy dominated religious practice. This fascinating collection traces out the secret characteristics and practices in Japanese religion, as well as analyzing the decline of religious esotericism in Japan. The essays in this impressive work refer to Esoteric Buddhism as the core of Japan’s "culture of secrecy". Esoteric Buddhism developed in almost all Buddhist countries of Asia, but it was of particular importance in Japan where its impact went far beyond the borders of Buddhism, also affecting Shinto as well as non-religious forms of discourse. The contributors focus on the impact of Esoteric Buddhism on Japanese culture, and also include comparative chapters on India and China. Whilst concentrating on the Japanese medieval period, this book will give readers familiar with present day Japan, many explanations for the still visible remnants of Japan’s medieval culture of secrecy.

Nanzan Guide to Japanese Religions

Nanzan Guide to Japanese Religions
Author: Paul L. Swanson,Clark Chilson
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2005-10-31
ISBN: 9780824830021
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nanzan Guide to Japanese Religions Book Excerpt:

The Nanzan Guide to Japanese Religions has been prepared as an aid for students and scholars engaged in research on Japanese religions. It is the first resource guide to encompass the entire field of Japanese religions and provide tools for navigating it.

Japanese Religions

Japanese Religions
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1977
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Japan
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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