Author: Milton Spenser TerryPublish On: 2019-02-27
The following pages are the substance of a course of lectures on the old Shinto cult which the author has been giving for a number of years to his classes in Comparative Religion.
Author: Milton Spenser Terry
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
The following pages are the substance of a course of lectures on the old Shinto cult which the author has been giving for a number of years to his classes in Comparative Religion. They are here condensed and adapted to the purpose of a little manual which, it is believed, may interest many readers, and bring together within a small space information gathered from many sources not easily accessible to ordinary students.
Author: Milton Spenser TerryPublish On: 2019-12-10
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Author: Milton Spenser Terry
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Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies No. 8 The Cult of Kasuga Seen Through Its Art is a study of the syncretic cult of Kasuga Shrine at its height in the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth centuries.
Author: Susan C. Tyler
Publisher: University of Michigan Center for
The Cult of Kasuga Seen Through Its Art is a study of the syncretic cult of Kasuga Shrine at its height in the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth centuries. Kasuga was the Shinto shrine of the Fujiwara clan and was paired with Kofuku-ji, the clan's Buddhist temple. Since the beginning of the Meiji period, Buddhism and Shinto have been officially separated. In an earlier time, however, at a site such as Kasuga the practices and beliefs appropriate to a shrine and to a temple were linked according to the principle that the Shinto gods were local and particular emanations of universal Buddhist deities. Thus, the Buddhist deities and the paradises associated with them were present at Kasuga Shrine. This study examines the relationships of the Buddhist and Shinto gods of Kasuga Shrine and explains the soteriological function of their presence at Kasuga. Using visual art as well as stories and documents, it brings to life a medieval shrine cult and defines its contribution to Japanese religion.
This is the only book to date offering a critical overview of Shinto from early times to the modern era, and evaluating Shinto's place in Japanese religious culture.
Author: John Breen
Category: Social Science
This is the only book to date offering a critical overview of Shinto from early times to the modern era, and evaluating Shinto's place in Japanese religious culture. In recent years, a few books on medieval Shinto have appeared, but none has attempted to depict the broader picture, to examine critically Shinto's origins and its subsequent development through the medieval, pre-modern and modern periods. The essays in this book address such key topics as Shinto and Daoism in early Japan, Shinto and the natural environment, Shinto and state ritual in early Japan, Shinto and Buddhism in medieval Japan, and Shinto and the state in the modern period. All of the essays highlight the dynamic nature of Shinto and shrine history by focusing on the three-way relationship, often fraught, between local shrine cults, Shinto agendas and Buddhism.
The Protocol of the Gods is a pioneering study of the history of relations between Japanese native institutions (Shinto shrines) and imported Buddhist institutions (Buddhist temples).
Author: Allan G. Grapard
Publisher: Univ of California Press
The Protocol of the Gods is a pioneering study of the history of relations between Japanese native institutions (Shinto shrines) and imported Buddhist institutions (Buddhist temples). Using the Kasuga Shinto shrine and the Kofukuji Buddhist temple, one of the oldest and largest of the shrine-temple complexes, Allan Grapard characterizes what he calls the combinatory character of pre-modern Japanese religiosity. He argues that Shintoism and Buddhism should not be studied in isolation, as hitherto supposed. Rather, a study of the individual and shared characteristics of their respective origins, evolutions, structures, and practices can serve as a model for understanding the pre-modern Japanese religious experience. Spanning the years from a period before historical records to the forcible separation of the Kasuga-Kofukuji complex by the Meiji government in 1868, Grapard presents a wealth of little-known material. He includes translations of rare texts and provides new, accessible translations of familiar documents.
This is the center of the modern Shinto cult. Shinto thus becomes a most
important support for Japanese national morality in the present, and as such
vitally related to modem Japanese political philosophy, so much so, that the latter
can hardly ...
Author: Stuart D. B. Picken
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Presents a comprehensive collection of translated and foreign language texts on Shinto.
Branch shrines constituted a vehicle for the transmission of the cult of their kami
to large numbers of people across a wide geographical area . In addition to
venerable shrines and their branches , another type of Shinto cult center
emerged as ...
Author: Helen Hardacre
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Helen Hardacre, a leading scholar of religious life in modern Japan, examines the Japanese state's involvement in and manipulation of shinto from the Meiji Restoration to the present. Nowhere else in modern history do we find so pronounced an example of government sponsorship of a religion as in Japan's support of shinto. How did that sponsorship come about and how was it maintained? How was it dismantled after World War II? What attempts are being made today to reconstruct it? In answering these questions, Hardacre shows why State shinto symbols, such as the Yasukuni Shrine and its prefectural branches, are still the focus for bitter struggles over who will have the right to articulate their significance. Where previous studies have emphasized the state bureaucracy responsible for the administration of shinto, Hardacre goes to the periphery of Japanese society. She demonstrates that leaders and adherents of popular religious movements, independent religious entrepreneurs, women seeking to raise the prestige of their households, and men with political ambitions all found an association with shinto useful for self-promotion; local-level civil administrations and parish organizations have consistently patronized shinto as a way to raise the prospects of provincial communities. A conduit for access to the prestige of the state, shinto has increased not only the power of the center of society over the periphery but also the power of the periphery over the center.
Kanetomo's stroke of genius was to revive the jingi cult of the classical court by
resurrecting the Council of Kami Affairs, while infusing it with new ideas that had
been pioneered by the Buddhist shinto ̄-ryu ̄. That jingi cult was, of course, ...
Author: John Breen
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
This accessible guide to the development of Japan’s indigenous religion from ancient times to the present day offers an illuminating introduction to the myths, sites and rituals of kami worship, and their role in Shinto’s enduring religious identity. Offers a unique new approach to Shinto history that combines critical analysis with original research Examines key evolutionary moments in the long history of Shinto, including the Meiji Revolution of 1868, and provides the first critical history in English or Japanese of the Hie shrine, one of the most important in all Japan Traces the development of various shrines, myths, and rituals through history as uniquely diverse phenomena, exploring how and when they merged into the modern notion of Shinto that exists in Japan today Challenges the historic stereotype of Shinto as the unchanging, all-defining core of Japanese culture
One by one the religious organizations of Shinto were granted the status of
independent sects , and the Rites of the Shinto Cult as well as the shrines were
reserved by the government as state institutions . Hence the several forms of
Maurius B. Jansen, Professor of History at Princeton University, describing Shinto
, writes that the spontaneous response to nature and beauty found an early and
enduring focus in the cult of Shinto, with whose gods the Japanese first peopled ...
Author: Joan Giroux
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
This classic book is a collection and analysis of Japanese haiku in the English language. The Haiku is a brief poetic form expressing a moment of insight. No foreign form since the sonnet has so fascinated and challenged the poets of the English-speaking world. Yet no scholar or critic, until now, has undertaken a definitive study of the problems of writing haiku in English. This book, the first of its kind, examines English language haiku in the light of Japanese form. Author Joan Giroux explicates the meaning and history of the Japanese haiku, its cultural background the creative process which gives it birth and the technical devices developed by Japanese poets over the centuries. Examples by classic and contemporary poets, including Basho and Buson, Shiki and Hastutaro, are given Romanized Japanese and in English translation. Poems, in English, from early efforts by Ezra Pound and Wallace Stevens to work of contemporaries like James Hackett, are discussed and evaluated. Wherever possible, comparisons are made, contrast indicated and suggestions given, with a rare sensitivity to the poetic possibilities of both languages and keen appreciation of the unique qualities of both cultures.
JAPAN SPIRITUAL The Household Shrine In Japan there are two forms of the
Religion of the Dead - that which belongs to Shinto , and that which belongs to
Buddhism . The first is the primitive cult , commonly called ancestor - worship .
Thus, this book approaches Shinto as a series of historical 'religious systems' rather than attempting to identify a timeless 'Shinto essence'.
Author: Nobutaka Inoue
Shinto - A Short History provides an introductory outline of the historical development of Shinto from the ancient period of Japanese history until the present day. Shinto does not offer a readily identifiable set of teachings, rituals or beliefs; individual shrines and kami deities have led their own lives, not within the confines of a narrowly defined Shinto, but rather as participants in a religious field that included Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian and folk elements. Thus, this book approaches Shinto as a series of historical 'religious systems' rather than attempting to identify a timeless 'Shinto essence'. This history focuses on three aspects of Shinto practice: the people involved in shrine worship, the institutional networks that ensured continuity, and teachings and rituals. By following the interplay between these aspects in different periods, a pattern of continuity and discontinuity is revealed that challenges received understandings of the history of Shinto. This book does not presuppose prior knowledge of Japanese religion, and is easily accessible for those new to the subject.
IN Japan there are two forms of the Religion of the Dead—that which belongs to Shinto; and that which belongs to Buddhism. The first is the primitive cult,
commonly called ancestor-worship. But the term ancestor- worship seems to me
Author: Lafcadio Hearn
Publisher: The Floating Press
In the second volume of Lafcadio Hearn's essays on the culture of nineteenth-century Japan, readers are given an firsthand look inside a society that was long cloaked by secrecy and a suspicion of outsiders. These closely observed anecdotes and vignettes will engage fans of top-notch travel writing.
Lafcadio Hearn. V. THE HOUSEHOLD SHRINE, In Japan there are two forms of
the Religion of the Dead, — that which belongs to Shinto, and that which belongs
to Buddhism. The first is the primitive cult, commonly called ancestor-worship.
Author: Lafcadio Hearn
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
A Japanese magic-lantern show is essentially dramatic. It is a play of which the dialogue is uttered by invisible personages, the actors and the scenery being only luminous shadows. Wherefore it is peculiarly well suited to goblinries and weirdnessess of all kinds; and plays in which ghosts figure are the favourite subject. -from "Of Ghosts and Goblins" In 1889, Westerner Lafcadio Hearn arrived in Japan on a journalistic assignment, and he fell so in love with the nation and its people that he never left. In 1894, just as Japan was truly opening to the West and global interest in Japanese culture was burgeoning, Hearn published this delightful series of essays glorifying what he called the "rare charm of Japanese life." Beautifully written and a joy to read, Hearn's love letters to the land of the rising sun enchant with their sweetly lyrical descriptions of winter street fairs, puppet theaters, religious statuaries, even the Japanese smile and its particular allure. A wonderful journal of immersion on a foreign land, this will bewitch Japanophiles and travelers to the East. Also available from Cosimo Classics: Hearn's Kokoro: Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life. Bohemian and writer PATRICK LAFCADIO HEARN (1850-1904) was born in Greece, raised in Ireland, and worked as newspaper reporter in the United States before decamping to Japan. He also wrote In Ghostly Japan (1899), and Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation (1904).
It is thedistinction betweenState Shinto and the system of local cults. State Shinto,
Iam aware,is a religion officially obsolete since itsdefeat in World War Two; but
there is still a Shinto cult, however muffled, which centres on the Emperor.
Author: Peter B. Clarke
Category: Social Science
An excellent and very timely update on an area seeing many recent developments.
It was responsible for the administration of shrines and abolished in the Shintō
Directive. ... It acquired the status of a Shintō sect during the Meiji period but is
not counted among the thirteen 'Sect Shintō' (kyōha shintō) groups. Organised by
Author: Brian Bocking
Category: Social Science
A comprehensive glossary and reference work with more than a thousand entries on Shinto ranging from brief definitions and Japanese terms to short essays dealing with aspects of Shinto practice, belief and institutions from early times up to the present day.
Chapter 3 Renewed Backing for the Shrines and the Establishment of Shinto as a
state Cult ( 1894-1914 ) We will now go back and pick up the evolution of the Shinto shrine system from the mid - 1890's , and show how the government ...
THE. SUBSERVIENCE. OF. SHINTO. That the disciples of the Shinto cult so
readily endorsed a doctrine which relegated their creed to a subordinate place
has suggested various explanations, but the simplest is the most ...
Author: Frank & Kikuchi Brinkley
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
IN the earliest eras of historic Japan there existed a hereditary corporation of raconteurs (Katari-be) who, from generation to generation, performed the function of reciting the exploits of the sovereigns and the deeds of heroes. They accompanied themselves on musical instruments, and naturally, as time went by, each set of raconteurs embellished the language of their predecessors, adding supernatural elements, and introducing details which belonged to the realm of romance rather than to that of ordinary history. These Katari-be would seem to have been the sole repository of their country's annals until the sixth century of the Christian era. Their repertories of recitation included records of the great families as well as of the sovereigns, and it is easy to conceive that the favour and patronage of these high personages were earned by ornamenting the traditions of their households and exalting their pedigrees. But when the art of writing was introduced towards the close of the fourth century, or at the beginning of the fifth, and it was seen that in China, then the centre of learning and civilization, the art had been applied to the compilation of a national history as well as of other volumes possessing great ethical value, the Japanese conceived the ambition of similarly utilizing their new attainment. For reasons which will be understood by and by, the application of the ideographic script to the language of Japan was a task of immense difficulty, and long years must have passed before the attainment of any degree of proficiency.
RELIGION AND SOCIAL LIFE National Cult and Communal Life THE general
tendency of the Shinto religion at the ... family (the descendants of the Sun-
goddess), the several subjugated clans bringing their respective clan cults under
Author: Masaharu Anesaki
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Masaharu Anesaki's History of Japanese Religion continues to be a much-cited pillar of Japanese studies and is now available in digital format. The original draft of the present book was an outcome of the author's lectures at Harvard University during the years 1913-15, when he had the honor of occupying there the chair of Japanese Literature and Life. In response to the encouragement given by several friends at Harvard, the author tried to put the material of the lectures into book form and redrafted it from time to time. The history of Japanese religions and morals shows the interaction of various forces which manifested their vitality more in combination than in opposition. A saying ascribed to Prince Shotoku, the founder of Japanese civilization, compares the three religious and moral systems found in Japan to the root, the stem and branches, and the flowers and the fruits of a tree. Shinto is the root embedded in the soil of the people's character and national traditions; Confucianism is seen in the stem and branches of legal institutions, ethical codes and educational systems; Buddhism made the flowers of religious sentiment bloom and gave the fruits of spiritual life.
Defining Shinto brings together the key official documents as well as political, religious, philosophical and historical essays to illustrate how Shinto has been transformed - from Japan's emergence as a modern nation state in the late 19th ...
Author: Mark MacWilliams
Publisher: Critical Categories in the Study of Religion
Shinto is the indigenous spirituality of Japan. A combination of myth, history and ritual designed to connect the present with the ancient past, Shinto is practised by the vast majority of the Japanese but is not regarded as a definable religion. Over the last two centuries Japan has repeatedly responded to the challenges of modernity, but it has struggled to define the spiritual and moral essence of Shinto. Shinto has been viewed as a national religion, a non-religious patriotic cult, a moral way, a “private religion” of Shinto shrines, and an ancient form of animism offering a contemporary ecological ethic. Defining Shinto brings together the key official documents as well as political, religious, philosophical and historical essays to illustrate how Shinto has been transformed - from Japan's emergence as a modern nation state in the late 19th century to the postmodern Japan of today - yet continues to be one of the most contested terms in the study of religion. Contributors Kato Genchi, Ishida Ichirô, Ueda Kenji, Yanagita Kunio, Kume Kunitake, Sonoda Minoru, Miyata Noboru, Hozumi Nobushige, Kôno Seizô, Murakami Shigeyoshi, Orikuchi Shinobu, Tsuda Sôkichi, Watsuji Tetsurô, Kamata Tôji, Muraoka Tsunetsugu, Ashizu Uzuhiko