The Samurai and the Sacred

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Osprey Publishing, 2006 - History - 224 pages
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The samurai were celebrated warriors, but they were also deeply spiritual men whose religious beliefs sustained and inspired their forays into battle. In this entirely original work, Stephen Turnbull, a leading authority on Japanese history and author of more than 50 books, reveals the soul of the samurai in a thoughtful exploration of the religions and philosophies that motivated them. Drawing inspiration from all manners of belief systems – from Japan’s mainstream religions of Shinto and Buddhism, to Confucianism, Christianity, and Folk Religion – the samurai were fascinating men who often valued their honor above their lives.
THE SAMURAI AND THE SACRED is strikingly illustrated with lavish Japanese prints and vibrant photographs. A provocative study, it includes chapters on martial arts, modern militarism, the cult of the sword, revenge, suicide, hara kiri and kamikaze pilots. THE SAMURAI AND THE SACRED is a compelling read that provides insight into Japanese culture, philosophy, and warfare.
  

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User Review  - Kenneth Kirk - Goodreads

This is a very good insight into the evolution of the Japanese character and how this evolution relates to the Japan we in the US saw during WW II. Read full review

Review: The Samurai and the Sacred

User Review  - Goodreads

This is a very good insight into the evolution of the Japanese character and how this evolution relates to the Japan we in the US saw during WW II. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
7
THE WAY OF THE GODS
13
BUDDHA AND THE BUSHI
29
THE GODS GO TO WAR
51
WARRIORS OF THE PURE LAND
73
ONWARD CHRISTIAN SAMURAI
91
THE SAMURAI AND THE SECRET
113
ZEN AND THE SAMURAI
135
FROM SAMURAI TO SPIRIT
171
EPILOGUE
193
ENDNOTES
197
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
213
GLOSSARY
216
INDEX
218
Imprint
225
Copyright

THE WAYS OF THE WARRIOR
153

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About the author (2006)

Stephen Turnbull took his first degree at Cambridge University, and received a PhD from Leeds University for his work on Japanese religious history. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the Far East and also runs a well-used picture library. His work has been recognised by the awarding of the Canon Prize of the British Association for Japanese Studies and a Japan Festival Literary Award. He divides his time between lecturing in Japanese Religion at the University of Leeds and writing. The author lives in Leeds, UK.

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