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Guardian of the Sea: Jizo in Hawai'i (Latitude 20 Book)

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Jizo, one of the most beloved Buddhist deities in Japan, is known primarily as the guardian of children and travelers. In coastal areas, fishermen and swimmers also look to him for protection. Soon after their arrival in the late 1800s, issei (first-generation Japanese) shoreline fishermen began casting for ulua on Hawai'i's treacherous sea cliffs, where they risked being swept off the rocky ledges. In response to numerous drownings, Jizo statues were erected near dangerous fishing and swimming sites, including popular Bamboo Ridge, near the Blowhole in Hawai'i Kai; Kawaihā pai Bay in Mokulē 'ia; and Kawailoa Beach in Hale'iwa. Guardian of the Sea tells the story of a compassionate group of men who raised these statues as a service to their communities. Written by an authority on Hawai'i's beaches and water safety, Guardian of the Sea shines a light on a little-known facet of Hawai'i's past. It incorporates valuable firsthand accounts taken from interviews with nisei (second-generation) fishermen and residents and articles from Japanese-language newspapers dating as far back as the early 1900s. In addition to background information on Jizo as a guardian deity and historical details on Jizo statues in Hawai'i, the author discusses shorecasting techniques and organizations, which once played a key role in the lives of local Japanese. Although shorecasting today is done more for sport than subsistence, it remains an important ocean activity in the Islands. In examining Jizo and the lives of issei, Guardian of the Sea makes a significant contribution to our understanding of recent Hawai'i history.

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A former lifeguard and retired deputy fire chief of the Honolulu Fire Dept., Clark is the author of six books on Hawai'i's beaches. Based on some 300 interviews conducted between the summer of 2002 and the summer of 2006, Clark documents the location of the shoreline statues of Jizo, a Buddhist figure dedicated to protection and enlightenment, which were placed in Hawai'i by first-generation Japanese Americans. In the process, the text also provides insights into the history of early Japanese immigrants in Hawai'i and the role that Jizo played in their everyday lives. Illustrated with b&w photographs, the text is academic but accessible to the general reader. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780824831585
Author:
Clark, John R. K.
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Oceania
Subject:
Buddhism -- History.
Subject:
Cult
Subject:
Religious life and customs
Subject:
Ksitigarbha (Buddhist deity) - Cult - Hawaii
Subject:
Hawaii Religious life and customs.
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Latitude 20 Book
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.15x6.23x.53 in. .79 lbs.

Related Subjects

Education » Writing
History and Social Science » World History » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » General
Religion » Western Religions » Theology

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