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The Nanzan Guide to Japanese Religions
Author Swanson, Paul L. ; Chilson, Clark
PublisherUniversity of Hawai‘i Press
Publisher Url
LocationHonolulu, HI, US [檀香山, 夏威夷州, 美國]
Content type書籍=Book
NotePaul L. Swanson is director and permanent fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, Nanzan University. Clark Chilson is assistant professor of religion at Pacific Lutheran University.
AbstractThe Nanzan Guide to Japanese Religions combines, for the first time in any language, state-of-the-field theoretical and critical discussions with concrete resources students and scholars need to conduct research on Japanese religions. Even seasoned scholars typically approach their research in an unsystematic manner, becoming familiar with a particular area of inquiry while remaining largely unaware of what exists in the rest of the field. This inefficient method hinders particularly less-experienced researchers and circumscribes their lines of inquiry. The Nanzan Guide provides both beginners and specialists with a reference that will serve as a basic introduction to Japanese religions and allow them to conduct research more proficiently and in greater depth.

Overlapping and thought-provoking chapters, written by leading specialists, offer a variety of perspectives on the complicated and multifaceted field of Japanese religions. The essays are divided into four sections: religious traditions (Japanese religions in general, Shinto, Buddhism, folk religion, new religions, Christianity); the history of Japanese religions (ancient, classical, medieval, early modern, modern, contemporary); major themes (symbolism, ritual and the arts, literature and scripture, state and religion, geography and environment, intellectual history, gender); and "practical" essays (finding references and using libraries, working with archive collections, conducting fieldwork). A chronology of religion in Japanese history is also provided.
Table of contents[Table of Contents]

Editors’ Introduction

Japanese Religions
Robert Kisala

Norman Havens

Jacqueline I. Stone

Folk Religion
Ian Reader

New Religions
Trevor Astley

Japanese Christianity
Mark R. Mullins


Ancient Japan and Religion
Matsumura Kazuo

Religion in the Classical Period
Yoshida Kazuhiko

The Medieval Period: Eleventh to Sixteenth Centuries
William M. Bodiford

Religion in Early Modern Japan
Duncan Ryuken Williams

Religion in the Modern Period
Hayashi Makoto

Contemporary Japanese Religions
Shimazono Susumu


The Ritual Culture of Japan: Symbolism, Ritual, and the Arts
Richard K. Payne

Literature and Scripture
Robert E. Morrell

State and Religion in Japan
Helen Hardacre

Geography, Environment, Pilgrimage
Barbara Ambros

History of Thought in Japan
Thomas P.Kasulis

Gender Issues in Japanese Religions
Kawahashi Noriko


Japanese Reference Works, Sources, and Libraries
Makino Yasuko

Using Archives in the Study of Japanese Religions
Brian O. Ruppert

Conducting Fieldwork on Japanese Religions
Scott Schnell


A Chronology of Religion in Japan
William M. Bodiford


ISBN9780824830021 (pbk)
Created date2015.10.07

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