Religions of Japan: Many Traditions Within One Sacred Way

Religions of Japan Many Traditions Within One Sacred Way An exploration into the vitality and richness of Japanese religious life Distinguished scholar and teacher H Byron Earhart provides a fresh firsthand look at Japanese religious life sensitively dist

  • Title: Religions of Japan: Many Traditions Within One Sacred Way
  • Author: H. Byron Earhart
  • ISBN: 9781577660088
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • An exploration into the vitality and richness of Japanese religious life Distinguished scholar and teacher H Byron Earhart provides a fresh, firsthand look at Japanese religious life, sensitively distilling its unique characteristics Within the larger framework of the distinctive Japanese religious heritage, Earhart explains the major traditions provides a historical cAn exploration into the vitality and richness of Japanese religious life Distinguished scholar and teacher H Byron Earhart provides a fresh, firsthand look at Japanese religious life, sensitively distilling its unique characteristics Within the larger framework of the distinctive Japanese religious heritage, Earhart explains the major traditions provides a historical cultural context examines objects of worship kami gods , Buddhas, ancestors, and holy persons interprets Japanese concepts of worship reflected in views on society, space, time, and human life and assesses the general world view created by the individual traditions taken as a whole Religions of Japan is enriched by the author s fieldwork, which brings an immediacy to his description of a traditional rural community festival and the life story of a member of a new religion in a modern urban setting The result is an insider s view of Japanese religious life today, showing its vitality and the richness and distinctiveness of its impressive heritage.

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    1. Readable though somewhat dry overview of religion in Japan which gives a good understanding of the blend of Shintoism, Buddhism, ancestor veneration and New Religions. Since this is the 1984 edition, it would be preferable to read the 2013 5th edition which I see is doubled in length, and thus, would not be termed an overview! Earhart has been studying Japanese religion for decades.

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