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This accessible guide to the development of Japan’s indigenous religion from ancient times to the present day offers an illuminating introduction to the myths, sites and rituals of kami worship, and their role in Shinto’s enduring religious identity.

  • Offers a unique new approach to Shinto history that combines critical analysis with original research
  • Examines key evolutionary moments in the long history of Shinto, including the Meiji Revolution of 1868, and provides the first critical history  in English or Japanese of the Hie shrine, one of the most important in all Japan
  • Traces the development of various shrines, myths, and rituals through history as uniquely diverse phenomena, exploring how and when they merged into the modern notion of Shinto that exists in Japan today
  • Challenges the historic stereotype of Shinto as the unchanging, all-defining core of Japanese culture

Synopsis:

A New History of Shinto is an accessible guide to the development of Japan’s indigenous religion from ancient times to the present day.

The authors explore the various shrines, myths, and rituals of pre-Shinto worship, examining the processes by which they were then interpreted as Shinto and merged into the notion of Shinto that exists in Japan today. Key moments in Shinto's long evolutionary process are identified and discussed, including the Meiji Revolution of 1868 and other crucial junctures in Japan's medieval and early modern periods. Drawing on original research, this enlightening book encapsulates Shinto’s long history and continuing influence.

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"Written by two scholars at the forefront of the study of Japanese religions, this book offers much more than a ‘brief history’. It is in fact a very bold and lucid attempt to redraw the parameters that govern our understanding of that elusive body of thought and practice we call Shinto … This book will surprise and on occasion shock; it will surely be required reading for all those interested in Japan and the Japanese."

--Richard Bowring, Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Cambridge

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Conventions and Abbreviations Used in the Text vii

Prologue ix

1 An Alternative Approach to the History of Shinto 1

2 Kami Shrines, Myths, and Rituals in Premodern Times 24

3 The History of a Shrine: Hie 66

4 The History of a Myth: The Sun-Goddess and the Rock-Cave 129

5 The Daijo-sai: A "Shinto" Rite of Imperial Accession 168

6 Issues in Contemporary Shinto 199

Conclusion 221

Notes 229

References 242

Index 253

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405155151
Author:
Breen, John
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Author:
Teeuwen, Mark
Subject:
Shinto -- History.
Subject:
Shintoism
Subject:
Eastern - General
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Shinto, Japanese history, Kami shrines, Japanese religion, Shintoism, Japan
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Japanese Religion and Literature
Subject:
Comparative & World Religions
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL online Book (not BRO)
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
20100119
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
224.8 x 150.9 x 21.099 mm 16 oz

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Education » Writing
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » Japanese Religion and Literature

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"Synopsis" by , A New History of Shinto is an accessible guide to the development of Japan’s indigenous religion from ancient times to the present day.

The authors explore the various shrines, myths, and rituals of pre-Shinto worship, examining the processes by which they were then interpreted as Shinto and merged into the notion of Shinto that exists in Japan today. Key moments in Shinto's long evolutionary process are identified and discussed, including the Meiji Revolution of 1868 and other crucial junctures in Japan's medieval and early modern periods. Drawing on original research, this enlightening book encapsulates Shinto’s long history and continuing influence.

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