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Ascetic Practices in Japanese Religion
     

Ascetic Practices in Japanese Religion

by Tullio Federico Lobetti
 

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Ascetic practices are a common feature of religion in Japan, practiced by different religious traditions. This book looks at these ascetic practices in an inter-sectarian and inter-doctrinal fashion, in order to highlight the underlying themes common to all forms of asceticism. It does so by employing a multidisciplinary methodology, which integrates participant

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Ascetic practices are a common feature of religion in Japan, practiced by different religious traditions. This book looks at these ascetic practices in an inter-sectarian and inter-doctrinal fashion, in order to highlight the underlying themes common to all forms of asceticism. It does so by employing a multidisciplinary methodology, which integrates participant fieldwork – the author himself engaged extensively in ascetic practices – with a hermeneutical interpretation of the body as the primary locus of transmission of the ascetic ‘embodied tradition’. By unlocking this ‘bodily data’, the book unveils the human body as the main tool and text of ascetic practice. This book includes discussion of the many extraordinary rituals practiced by Japanese ascetics.

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"Ascetic Practices in Japanese Religion makes a fine introductory read for students of Japanese religions and Shugendo and offers creative theoretical insights." - Shayne A. P. Dahl, University of Toronto

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134472802
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/11/2013
Series:
Japan Anthropology Workshop Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Tullio Federico Lobetti is Senior Teaching Fellow in the Study of Religions Department at SOAS, University of London, UK.

Foreword writer, Hirochika Nakamaki, is Director of the Suita City Museum and Professor Emeritus of the National Museum of Ethnology, Japan.

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