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Japanese Religions
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Japanese Religions

Four Volume Set
Edited by:
  • Lucia Dolce - School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK


December 2011 | 1 678 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This set, as a collection of representative studies on Japanese Religions, illustrates the diversity and complexity of the Japanese religious experience, past and contemporary, while at the same time offering an overview of the most updated research in the field. The themes selected promote avenues of analysis that place the religious phenomenon in its socio-historical and cultural context. The selection demonstrates the range of religious practices and the contexts in which these practices are performed, with the aim of counterbalancing the traditional foci on either theological (doctrinal) studies or ethnographic studies only.

This collection affords a more comprehensive and accurate understanding of the nature and practice of Japanese religiosity. The framework in which the material is presented also offers an alternative to the usual chronological organization of works on Japanese religions, and to traditional arrangements of works on East Asian religions in general according to the categories of Buddhism, Confucianism, Shinto and Christianity. Although these traditional approaches are covered in the first volume, the set as a whole stresses the practice of religion, which stretches across traditions and denominations, and the pre-modern/modern divide.

 
VOLUME 1: THE CRITICAL DISCOURSE ON JAPANESE RELIGIONS: FIELDS OF ENQUIRT AND METHODOLOGICAL APPROACHES
Modern Japan and the Science of Religions

Michael Pye
The Establishment of Modern Shintology and the Role of Tanaka Yoshito

Jun'ichi Isomae
Buddhism in the History of Japanese Religion: Research History and Research Methods

Fumihiko Sueki
Comparative Perspectives on the Emergence of Jind? and Shinto

Mark Teeuwen,
Shugendo: Japanese Mountain Religion - State of the Field and Bibliographic Review

Gaynor Sekimori
Folk Religion and its Contemporary Issues

Noriko Kawahashi
Religious Dimensions of Confucianism: Cosmology and Cultivation

Mary Evelyn Tucker
Chronologies, Commonalities and Alternative Status in Japanese New Religious Movements: Defining NRMS outside the Western Cul-De-Sac

Ian Reader
Japan's Ignored Cultural Revolution: The Separation of Shinto and Buddhist Divinities In Meiji (shimbutsu bunri) and a Case Study: T?nomine

Allan Grapard
The Establishment of Early Modern Buddhism

Satoshi Sonehara
The Commercialization of the Sacred: The Structural Evolution of Religious Communities in Japan

Susumu Shimazono
"Zen Is Not Buddhism": Recent Japanese Critiques of Buddha-Nature

Paul Swanson
The Buddhist Icon and the Modern Gaze

Bernard Faure
Historiographical Issues in the Studies of the "Christian Century" in Japan

Ikuo Higashibaba
New Age and New Spiritual Movements: The role of Spiritual Intellectuals

Susumu Shimazono
The Death and Rebirth of Buddhism in Contemporary Japan

George Tanabe, Jr
 
VOLUME 2: THE PRACTICE OF RELIGION
 
ORGANIZATION AND INSTITUTIONAL PRACTICES
The Temple/Juridical Person: Law and the Temple in Japan

Stephen Covell
Jinja Honch? and Shrine Shint? policy

Mark Teeuwen
Warden + Salaryman + Virtuoso = Priests: Paradigms within Japanese Shinto for Religious Specialists and Institutions

John Nelson
The Cult of Mount Atago and the Atago Confraternities

Anne Bouchy
 
POLITICAL AGENCY AND THE STATE
The Development of State Ritual in Ancient Japan

Shoji Okada
The Emperor's New Robes: Processes of Resignification in Shingon Imperial Rituals

Fabio Rambelli
The Imperial Law and the Buddhist Law

Kuroda Toshio
Anti-Christian Ideas and National Ideology: Inoue Enryo and Inoue Tetsujiro's Mobilization of Sectarian History in Meiji Japan

Kiri Paramore
Protect the Dharma, Protect the Country: Buddhist War Responsibility and Social Ethics

Christopher Ives
Nichiren's Activist Heirs: S?ka Gakkai, Rissh? K?seikai and Nipponzan My?h?ji

Jacqueline Stone
Constitutional Revision and Japanese Religions

Helen Hardacre
Consensus Shattered: Japanese Paradigm Shifts and Moral Panic in the Post-Aum Era

Ian Reader
 
TIME, HISTORY AND MYTH
Shortening the Path: Early Tendai Interpretations of the Realization of Buddhahood in This Very Body (Sokushin J?butsu)

Paul Groner
On the Use of Prophecy in Mediaeval Japan

Lucia Dolce
1999 and Beyond: The Use of Nostradamus' Prophecies by Japanese Religions

Robert Kisala
Revisioning Japanese Religiosity: Tezuka Osamu's Hi no Tori (The Phoenix)

Mark MacWilliams
 
VOLUME 3: THE PRACTICE OF RELIGION
 
SACRED SPACE
Geosophia, Geognosis, and Geopiety: Orders of Significance in Japanese Representations of space

Allan Grapard
Mandala, Mandala on the Wall: Variations of Usage in the Shingon School

David Gardiner
Mapping the "Divine Country:" Sacred Geography and International Concerns in Mediaeval Japan

Lucia Dolce
From Religious Conformity to Innovation: New Ideas of Religious Journey and Holy Places

Nobutaka Inoue
The Dead and the Living in the Land of Peace: A Sociology of the Shrine

John Breen
 
LITERARY AND VISUAL NARRATIVES
Saigy? and the Buddhist Value of Nature (Part I)

William LaFleur
The Inflatable, Collapsible Kingdom of Retribution: A Primer on Japanese Hell Imagery and Imagination

Caroline Hirasawa
Japanese Modern Religious Manga

Matthew Eynon
Mapping Sectarian Identity: Onj?ji's Statue of Shinra My?jin

Christine Guth
Switching Sites and Identity: The Founder's Statue at the Zen Buddhist Temple K?rin'in

Gregory Levine
Buddhist Material Culture, "Indianism," and the Construction of Pan-Asian Buddhism in Prewar Japan

Richard Jaffe
Art and New Religions: From Deguchi Onisaburo to the Miho Museum

Nancy Stalker
 
GENDERED PRACTICES
Trends in the Study of Women and Buddhism

Junko Nishiguchi
Jizoku (Priests' Wives) In S?t? Zen Buddhism: An Ambiguous Category

Noriko Kawahashi
Strategies of Survival: Women, Abortion, and Popular Religion in Contemporary Japan

Meredith Underwood
The Life of Shamanness: Scenes from the Shamanism of Northeastern Japan in Folk Beliefs in Modern Japan

Kunimitsu Kawamura
Female Pilgrims and Mt. Fuji: Changing Perspectives on the Exclusion of Women

Fumiko Miyazaki
 
VOLUME 4: THE PRACTICE OF RELIGION
 
PERFORMATIVE PRACTICES AND RITUAL DYNAMICS
Thinking through Shingon Ritual

Robert Sharf
The Shingon Subordinating Fire Offering for Amit?bha, "Amida Kei Ai Goma"

Richard Payne
Seeking the Pure Land in Heian Japan: The Practices of the Monks of the Nijugo Zammai-e

Robert Rhodes
The Akinomine of Haguro Shugendó: A Historical Perspective

Gaynor Sekimori
Ritual as an Instrument of Political Resistance in Rural Japan

Scott Schnell
The Transformation of Healing in the Japanese New Religions

Helen Hardacre
The Worship of Celestial Bodies in Japan: Politics, Rituals and Icons

Lucia Dolce
Performing Power: On the Nature of the Japanese Ritual Dance Performance of Yamabushi Kagura

Irit Averbuch
Mind and Morality in Nineteenth-Century Japanese Religions: Misogi-kyô and Maruyama-kyô

Janine Sawada
In Search of a New Interpretation of Ascetic Experience

Massimo Raveri
 
EXORCISING DEATH
On Placating the Gods and Pacifying the Populace: The Case of the Gion "Gory?" Cult

Neil McMullin
Buy Me a Bride: Death and Exchange in Northern Japanese Bride Doll Marriage

Ellen Schattschneider
Shint? Mortuary Rites in Contemporary Japan

Elizabeth Kenney
Japanese Christians and the World of the Dead

Mark Mullins
Zen in the Art of Funerals: Ritual Salvation in Japanese Buddhism

William Bodiford

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