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Japanese Religious Traditions

ISBN-10: 013091164X
ISBN-13: 9780130911643
Edition: 2002
Authors: Michiko Yusa
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Description: For undergraduate introductory-level courses in World Religions, Japanese Religions, Japanese Culture, East Asian Civilizations, Religion and Politics, and Women and Religion. Giving students insight into the heart of Japanese culture and religion,  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.80
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 3/6/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

For undergraduate introductory-level courses in World Religions, Japanese Religions, Japanese Culture, East Asian Civilizations, Religion and Politics, and Women and Religion. Giving students insight into the heart of Japanese culture and religion, this introductory text offers a chronological narrative to Japanese religions by focusing on major religious and political figures. It contains an in-depth study of State Shinto and how it underwent ideological and political transfigurations through the times.

Some Features of Japanese Religious Practices
Twenty-Year Rotation of the Outer and the Inner Shrines. The Sacred. Buddhism and Shinto. Religion and Art
Early Historical Developments
Early Shinto
Shinto Myth
The Incident of the “Heavenly Rock Cave.” Empress Jito as the Living Kami
The Imperial Priestesshood (Saigu, Saiin)
Introduction of Buddhism
Prince Shotoku
The Cult of Prince Shotoku
Nara Buddhism
Hinayana, Mahayana, and the Doctrine of the “Bodies” of Buddha
Todaiji and the Great Buddha Image
Moving the Capital from Nara to Kyoto
Saicho (Dengyo-Daishi) and the Tendai Sect
Kukai (Kobo-Daishi) and the Shingon Sect
Mountains as the Sacred Religious Training Ground
Angry Spirits and other Folk Beliefs
Medieval Period
Entering the “Period of the end of Buddha's Teaching.” Nenbutsu Practice and the Longing for the Western Paradise of the Amida Buddha
Transition of Power from the Imperial Court to the Shogunate
Salvation of Women
Honen and the Pure Land Sect
Shinran and the True Pure Land Sect
Eisai and the Rinzai Zen Sect
Dogen and the Soto Zen Sect
Nichiren and the Nichiren (or Lotus) Sect
Ippen and the Ji Sect
From the Medieval to the Early Modern Period
The relationship between Buddhism and Shinto
The “Essence-Manifestation” Theory
The Emergence of Self-Asssertion of Shinto
Patronage of Zen by the Kamakura Shogunate
Muromachi Shogunate and Conflicts among Buddhist Sects
Zen and Arts
Development of Militant Sects
An Interlude: Amida or the Lotus? Development of Popular Religiosity
Francis Xavier and the Introduction of Christianity
Obstacles
The Unification of Japan and the Fate of Christianity
Nobunaga and Christianity
Hideyoshi and Christianity
The Incident of San Felipe
Deification of Hideyoshi
Early Modern—Late 16th through 18th Century
Ieyasu and the Tokugawa Shogunate
Expulsion of the Christian Missionaries and the Closure of the Ports
The Hokoji Temple Bell
The Incident of the “Purple Priestly Robe.” Deification of Leyasu
Methodical Persecutions of Christians
Obaku Zen Sect
Buddhism Becomes a Funeral Religion
Attraction of Neo-Confucianism
Women's Social Status
Renewed Interest in Shinto
The Poet Basho
Formation of Popular Ethics and the Spirit of Rationalism
Return to Antiquity: The “Native” Learning (Kokugaku), Shinto and “Nationalism
Hirata Shinto
Living Buddhism
Modern Period—The 19th and 20th Century
Outbursts of Popular Religious Movements in the Late Tokugawa Period
The Opening of the Ports and the Resurfacing of the “Hidden Christians
Meiji Restoration
Separation of Shinto and Buddhism
Making of the Image of the Emperor as a Kami
Abolishment of Old Festival Days, Creation of New Ones
National Mausoleum of the Fallen Soldiers
Lifting of the Ban against Christianity
Invention of State Shinto
Christianity in Meiji Japan
Spiritual Movements during the Meiji Period
Fascism and Shinto
The Storms of Fascism
Post-WWII “New” Japan
Japanese Religions in the New Millennium
Japanese Religions Today
Looking toward the Future

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