Japanese Religions at Home and Abroad

Japanese Religions at Home and Abroad

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In this important book, a leading authority on Japanese religions brings together for the first time in English his extensive work on the subject. The book is important both for what it reveals about Japanese religions, and also because it demonstrates for western readers the distinctive Japanese approaches to the study of the subject and the different Japanese intellectual traditions which inform it. The book includes historical, cultural, regional and social approaches, and explains historical changes and regional differences. It goes on to provide cultural and symbolic analyses of festivals to reveal their full meanings, and examines Japanese religions among Japanese and non-Japanese communities abroad, exploring the key role of religion in defining Japanese ethnic identity outside Japan.The idea of producing an English book came to my mind when my papers, which had been translated into English and ... I began to input previous publications into the computer for this dream, but the progress was as slow as a snail. Japanese publications and museum activities took priority over this task and little time was left for me for this additional work. ... and then special appreciations are extended towards Professor Arthur Stockwin and Dr Roger Goodman of the Nissan Instituteanbsp;...

Title:Japanese Religions at Home and Abroad
Author: Hirochika Nakamaki
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-10-12

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