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Religion in the Japanese Experience Sources and Interpretations

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ISBN-10: 0534524613

ISBN-13: 9780534524616

Edition: 2nd 1997 (Revised)

Authors: H. Byron Earhart

List price: $149.95
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The authors intention in compiling this anthology is to help the reader see Japanese religion more concretely, as it is found within the history of the tradition and experience of the people. The overall purpose of the selections, which represent various historical periods and schools of thought, is to show what religion means in the Japanese experience.
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Book details

List price: $149.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 10/7/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

H. Byron Earhart studied under Mircea Eliade and Joseph M. Kitagawa at the University of Chicago, where he received a doctorate in History of Religions. He has conducted research in Japan for his dissertation on the "mountain religion" of Shugendo, and for work on folk religion and new religions. He is professor emeritus in the Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University, which awarded him a Distinguished Faculty Scholar award for his numerous publications. A number of his works have been translated into Japanese. His most recent book is MOUNT FUJI: ICON OF JAPAN (University of South Carolina, 2011). His next book is a comparative study of amulets.

Introduction: The Nature of Japanese Religion
Religious Traditions
Buddhist Founders
Religious Taoism
Syncretism in Japanese Religious Life
Themes in Japanese Religion
Closeness of Humans, Gods, and Nature
Religious Significance of the Family, Living and Dead
Importance of Purification, Rituals, and Charms
Prominence of Local Festivals and Individual Cults
Penetration of Religion into Everyday Life
Natural Bond Between Religion and State
Religion in Recent and Modern Japan
The Dilemma of Organized Religion in Modern Japan
The New Religions
The History and Future of Japanese Religion.