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Bonds of the Dead: Temples, Burial, and the Transformation of Contemporary Japanese Buddhism (Buddhism and Modernity)

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Despite popular images of priests seeking enlightenment in snow-covered mountain temples, the central concern of Japanese Buddhism is death. For that reason, Japanese Buddhism’s social and economic base has long been in mortuary services—a base now threatened by public debate over the status, treatment, and location of the dead. Bonds of the Dead explores the crisis brought on by this debate and investigates what changing burial forms reveal about the ways temple Buddhism is perceived and propagated in contemporary Japan.
Mark Rowe offers a crucial account of how religious, political, social, and economic forces in the twentieth century led to the emergence of new funerary practices in Japan and how, as a result, the care of the dead has become the most fundamental challenge to the continued existence of Japanese temple Buddhism. Far from marking the death of Buddhism in Japan, Rowe argues, funerary Buddhism reveals the tradition at its most vibrant. Combining ethnographic research with doctrinal considerations, this is a fascinating book for anyone interested in Japanese society and religion.

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Mark Michael Rowe is associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226730134
Author:
Rowe, Mark
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Rowe, Mark Michael
Subject:
Religion-Eastern - General
Subject:
India
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Buddhism and Modernity
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 halftones, 2 line drawings, 2 tables
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Japan
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » General

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