Religion in contemporary Japan

Ian Reader

What role does religion play in contemporary Japanese society and in the lives of Japanese people today? This text examines the major areas in which the Japanese participate in religious events, the role of religion in the social system and the underlying views within the Japanese religious world. Through a series of case studies of religion in action - at crowded temples and festivals, in austere Zen meditation halls, at home and at work, at dramatic fire rituals - it illustrates the immense variety, energy and colour inherent in Japanese religion. It also discusses the continued relevance and responses of religion in a rapidly modernizing and changing society.

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  • Acknowledgements - Conventions - Introduction - Turning to the Gods in Times of Trouble: the Place, Time and Structure of Japanese Religion - Unifying Traditions, Cosmological Perspectives and the Vitalistic Universe - 'Born Shinto': Community, Festivals, Production and Change - 'Die Buddhist': Zen, Death and the Ancestors - Individuals, Ascetics and the Expression of Power - Sites and Sights: Temples and Shrines as Centres of Power and Entertainment - Actions and Amulets: Reflections of Need and the Expression of Meaning - Spirits, Satellites and a User Friendly Religion: Agonsh and the New Religions - Mystery, Nostalgia and the Shifting Sands of Continuity - Endnotes - References - Index

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書名 Religion in contemporary Japan
著作者等 Reader, Ian
出版元 Macmillan
刊行年月 1991
ページ数 xv, 277 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0333523210
NCID BA12209435
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス