Folk Religion in Japan: Continuity and Change

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University of Chicago Press, 1968 - History - 278 pages
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Ichiro Hori's is the first book in Western literature to portray how Shinto, Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist elements, as well as all manner of archaic magical beliefs and practices, are fused on the folk level.

Folk religion, transmitted by the common people from generation to generation, has greatly conditioned the political, economic, and cultural development of Japan and continues to satisfy the emotional and religious needs of the people. Hori examines the organic relationship between the Japanese social structure—the family kinship system, village and community organizations—and folk religion. A glossary with Japanese characters is included in the index.
 

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Contents

MAIN FEATURES OF FOLK RELIGION IN JAPAN
3
JAPANESE SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND FOLK RELIGION
51
NEMBUTSU AS FOLK RELIGION
85
MOUNTAINS AND THEIR IMPORTANCE FOR THE IDEA OF THE OTHER WORLD
143
JAPANESE SHAMANISM
183
THE NEW RELIGIONS AND THE SURVIVAL OF SHAMANIC TENDENCIES
219
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
255
INDEX
267
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Ichiro Hori (1910-74) was professor of the history of religions at the University of Tokyo.

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