Practically Religious: Worldly Benefits and the Common Religion of Japan

Practically Religious: Worldly Benefits and the Common Religion of Japan

by Ian Reader
     
 

ISBN-10: 0824820908

ISBN-13: 9780824820909

Pub. Date: 11/28/1998

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The

Praying for practical benefits (genze riyaku) is a common religious activity in Japan. Despite its widespread nature and the vast numbers of people who pray and purchase amulets and talismans for everything from traffic safety and education success to business prosperity and protection from disease, the practice has been virtually ignored in academic studies or…  See more details below

Overview

Praying for practical benefits (genze riyaku) is a common religious activity in Japan. Despite its widespread nature and the vast numbers of people who pray and purchase amulets and talismans for everything from traffic safety and education success to business prosperity and protection from disease, the practice has been virtually ignored in academic studies or relegated to the margins as a product of superstition or an aberration from the true dynamics of religion. Basing their work on a fusion of textual, ethnographic, historical, and contemporary studies, the authors of this volume demonstrate the fallacy of such views, showing that, far from being marginal, the concepts and practices surrounding genze riyaku lie at the very heart of the Japanese religious world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824820909
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Benefits in the Religious System: Settings and Dynamics37
2Scripture and Benefits71
3Buying Out Chance: Morality, Belief, and Prayer107
4The Providers of Benefits: Gods, Saints, and Wizards140
5The Dynamics of Practice178
6Selling Benefits: The Marketing of Efficacy and Truth206
7Guidebooks to Practical Benefits234
8Conclusions256
Notes263
Bibliography285
Index299

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