Religions of Japan: Many Traditions within One Sacred Way / Edition 1by H. Byron Earhart
Pub. Date: 05/11/1998
Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
Distinguished scholar and teacher H. Byron Earhart provides a fresh, firsthand look at Japanese religious life, sensitively distilling its unique characteristics. Within the larger framework of the distinctive Japanese religious heritage, Earhart explains the major traditions; provides a historical-cultural context; examines objects of worship�kami (�gods�), Buddhas, ancestors, and holy persons; interprets Japanese concepts of worship reflected in views on society, space, time, and human life; and assesses the general worldview created by the individual traditions taken as a whole. Religions of Japan is enriched by the author�s fieldwork, which brings an immediacy to his description of a traditional rural community festival and the life story of a member of a new religion in a modern urban setting. The result is an insider�s view of Japanese religious life today, showing its vitality and the richness and distinctiveness of its impressive heritage.
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