Shinto in History: Ways of the Kami

Shinto in History: Ways of the Kami

by John Breen, Mark Teeuwen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0700711708

ISBN-13: 9780700711703

Pub. Date: 07/03/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This is the only book to date offering a critical overview of Shinto from early times to the modern era, and evaluating Shinto's place in Japanese religious culture. In recent years, a few books on medieval Shinto have appeared, but none has attempted to depict the broader picture, to examine critically Shinto's origins and its subsequent development through the

Overview

This is the only book to date offering a critical overview of Shinto from early times to the modern era, and evaluating Shinto's place in Japanese religious culture. In recent years, a few books on medieval Shinto have appeared, but none has attempted to depict the broader picture, to examine critically Shinto's origins and its subsequent development through the medieval, pre-modern and modern periods. The essays in this book address such key topics as Shinto and Daoism in early Japan, Shinto and the natural environment, Shinto and state ritual in early Japan, Shinto and Buddhism in medieval Japan, and Shinto and the state in the modern period. All of the essays highlight the dynamic nature of Shinto and shrine history by focusing on the three-way relationship, often fraught, between local shrine cults, Shinto agendas and Buddhism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700711703
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/03/2000
Series:
Routledge Studies in Asian Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Acknowledgementsviii
Contributorsix
Map of Japanxii
Chapter 1Introduction: Shinto past and present1
Chapter 2Shinto and Taoism in early Japan13
Chapter 3Shinto and the natural environment32
Chapter 4The state cult of the Nara and early Heian periods47
Chapter 5The economics of ritual power68
Chapter 6The kami in esoteric Buddhist thought and practice95
Chapter 7Reading the Yuiitsu Shinto myobo yoshu: A modern exegesis of an esoteric Shinto text117
Chapter 8The death of a shogun: deification in early modern Japan144
Chapter 9Changing images of Shinto: Sanja takusen or the three oracles167
Chapter 10Mapping the Sacred Body: Shinto versus popular beliefs at Mt. Iwaki in Tsugaru186
Chapter 11Nativism as a social movement: Katagiri Harukazu and the Hongaku reisha205
Chapter 12Ideologues, bureaucrats and priests: on 'Shinto' and 'Buddhism' in early Meiji Japan230
Chapter 13Shinto as a 'non-religion': the origins and development of an idea252
Chapter 14The structure of state Shinto: its creation, development and demise272
Chapter 15The disfiguring of nativism: Hirata Atsutane and Orikuchi Shinobu295
Chapter 16Tanaka Yoshito and the beginnings of Shintogaku318
Bibliography340
Index357

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