This book will help you appreciate the significance of Japan's own religion in everyday life, recognize the key traditions and festivals of the Shinto year, understand what you will see at Shinto shrines and in Shinto rituals, and gain insights into the controversies surrounding Shinto politics and nationalism. Access the world's religions through this entry in this series of simple guides that provide concise, accessible introductions to the world's major religions. Written by experts in the field, these guides offer an engaging and sympathetic description of the key concepts, beliefs, and practices of different faiths. By offering essential insights into the core values, customs, and beliefs of different societies, they also enable visitors to be aware of the cultural sensibilities of their hosts and to behave in a way that fosters mutual respect and understanding. Ideal for spiritual seekers and travelers alike, these guides aim to open the doors of perception.
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About the Author
Ian Reader has been teaching and researching on the religions of Japan for many years. He received his Ph.D. in Japanese Buddhism from the University of Leeds in 1983 and went on to become a member of the Scottish Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of Stirling in Scotland. The author of numerous books, he served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.
Steven Crossley is a multi-Earphones Award winner and twice-nominated Audie finalist who has narrated over two-hundred audiobooks. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and has established an acting career on both sides of the Atlantic in theatre, television, film, and radio drama. A member of the internationally acclaimed company Complicite, he has performed with distinguished companies in New York and London.