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Harvard East Asian Monographs #297: Emplacing a Pilgrimage: The Oyama Cult and Regional Religion in Early Modern Japan

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Towering over the Kanto Plain, the sacred mountain oyama (literally, "Big Mountain") has loomed large over the religious landscape of early modern Japan.

By the Edo period (1600-1868), the revered peak had undergone a transformation from secluded spiritual retreat to popular pilgrimage destination. Its status as a regional landmark among its devotees was boosted by its proximity to the shogunal capital and the wide appeal of its amalgamation of Buddhism, Shinto, mountain asceticism, and folk beliefs. The influence of the oyama cult--the intersecting beliefs, practices, and infrastructure associated with the sacred site--was not lost on the ruling Tokugawa shogunate, which saw in the pilgrimage an opportunity to reinforce the communal ideals and social structures that the authorities espoused.

Barbara Ambros provides a detailed narrative history of the mountain and its place in contemporary society and popular religion by focusing on the development of the oyama cult and its religious, political, and socioeconomic contexts. Richly illustrated and carefully researched, this study emphasizes the importance of "site" or "region" in considering the multifaceted nature and complex history of religious practice in Tokugawa Japan.

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The sacred mountain oyama (literally, "Big Mountain") has loomed over the religious landscape of early modern Japan.Ambros provides a narrative history of the mountain and its place in contemporary society and popular religion by focusing on the development of the oyama cult and its religious, political, and socioeconomic contexts.

About the Author

?Barbara Ambros is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Table of Contents

  • List of Tables and Figures
  • Introduction: The Oyama Cult in Regional History
  1. From a Mountain Retreat to a Pilgrimage Center
  2. A Regional Kogi Shingon Academy
  3. The Emergence of the Oyama Oshi
  4. Managing the Mountain
  5. The Emergence of a Regional Pilgrimage
  6. Reconfiguring the Pantheon
  7. A New Order, 1868 - 1885
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • List of Characters
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674027756
Author:
Ambros, Barbara
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Buddhism -- History.
Subject:
Shintoism
Subject:
Religious life and customs
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mountain worship - Japan - Oyama (Kanagawa-
Subject:
Oyama (Kanagawa-ken, Japan) -
Subject:
World History-Japan
Subject:
Religion-Buddhism - History
Subject:
Religion-Shintoism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Harvard East Asian Monographs
Series Volume:
297
Publication Date:
March 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 table, 1 map, 23 figures
Pages:
325
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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