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Folk Religion in Japan

Continuity and Change

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.

294 pages | 1 map, 12 line drawings | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1968

The Haskell Lectures on History of Religions

Asian Studies: East Asia

Religion: South and East Asian Religions

Table of Contents

I: Main Features of Folk Religion in Japan
II: Japanese Social Structure and Folk Religion
III: Nembutsu as Folk Religion
IV: Mountains and Their Importance for the Idea of the Other World
V: Japanese Shamanism
VI: The New Religions and the Survival of Shamanic Tendencies
Selected Bibliography

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