Buddhas and Kami in Japan: Honji Suijaku as a Combinatory Paradigm

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Fabio Rambelli, Mark Teeuwen
Routledge, Aug 29, 2003 - History - 384 pages
This volume offers a multidisciplinary approach to the combinatory tradition that dominated premodern and early modern Japanese religion, known as honji suijaku (originals and their traces). It questions received, simplified accounts of the interactions between Shinto and Japanese Buddhism, and presents a more dynamic and variegated religious world, one in which the deities' Buddhist originals and local traces did not constitute one-to-one associations, but complex combinations of multiple deities based on semiotic operations, doctrines, myths, and legends. The book's essays, all based on specific case studies, discuss the honji suijaku paradigm from a number of different perspectives, always integrating historical and doctrinal analysis with interpretive insights.
 

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Contents

Contributors
Dōjō hōshi and the Buddhist
absence? presence? or plain treachery?
Wrathful deities and saving deities
Amaterasu as the Judge of the Dead
two case studies
kyōgen kigo and honji suijaku in medieval
Both parts or only one? Challenges to the honji suijaku paradigm in the
kami in the Nichiren tradition
religion economics and ideology in premodern Japan
The interaction between Buddhist and Shinto traditions at Suwa Shrine
honji suijaku thought in kagura performances
Bibliography
Index
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Mark Teeuwen teaches at the University of Oslo, Norway. He specialises in the history of Shinto.
Fabio Ramballi teaches at Sapporo University, Japan. He specialises in the history of Buddhism, particularly Esoteric Buddhism in Japan.

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