Asian Folk Religion and Cultural Interaction

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Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Oct 28, 2015 - Science - 230 pages
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This book uses a cultural interaction approach to discuss numerous temples and shrines of Sinitic origin that house Daoist, Buddhist, and folk gods. Such deities were transmitted outside the Chinese continent, or were introduced from other regions and syncretized. Examples include temple guardian gods that arrived in Japan from China and later became deified as part of the Five Mountain system, and a Daoist deity that transformed into a god in Japan after syncretizing with My?ken Bosatsu. The profoundly different images of Ksitigarbha in China and Japan are discussed, as well as Mt. Jiuhua, the center of Ksitigarbha in modern China. Lastly, the process by which Sinitic gods were transmitted to regions outside of the Chinese continent, such as Taiwan, Singapore, and Okinawa, is explored.
 

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Contents

Body
9
Cultural Interaction and Sinitic Gods in Japanese Buddhist Temples
13
Temple Guardian Gods in the SinoJapanese Five Mountain Temple System and Cultural Interaction
15
Temple Guardian Gods of the Ōbaku School of Zen Buddhism and Cultural Interaction
75
Cultural Interaction Myōken Bosatsu 妙見神 and the God Zhenwu 真武
115
Differences and Cultural Interaction between the Japanese and Chinese Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha
129
Travels and Cultural Interaction of the Gods in Asia
157
Temples and Cultural Interaction in Taiwan and Singapore
159
Sinitic Gods and Cultural Interaction in Nagasaki and Okinawa
203
Conclusion
229
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