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On Sexual Demons, Sacred Mothers, Transvestites, Gangsters, Drifters and Other
Japanese Cultural Heroes Ian Buruma. because they represent something wider
than themselves, something that tells us about the culture that nurtured them.
It is true that the contrast between the native, Shinto-inspired, popular culture and
the more aristocratic, Buddhist-inspired aesthetic is so strong that one could
almost speak of two separate cultures.” This is partly a matter of class. Foreign ...
Aristocratic culture, because of its Buddhist influence, emphasizes restraint and
austere perfection to the point of morbidity: not surprisingly, the Japanese, high
and low, use Buddhist rituals to bury their dead. In popular Shinto culture ...
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BEHIND THE MASK: On Sexual Demons, Sacred Mothers, Transvestites, Gangsters, Drifters And Other Japanese Cultural HeroesUser Review - Kirkus
Lots about the difference between Japanese Buddhist aristocratic culture and Shinto popular culture—with examples from films, plays, novels, prostitution—pegged, indeed chained, to the familiar idea ... Read full review
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