Synopses & Reviews
THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU
• to appreciate the significance of Japans own religion in everyday life
• to recognize the key traditions and festivals (matsuri) of the Shinto year
• to understand what you will see at Shinto shrines and in Shinto rituals
• to gain insights into the controversies surrounding Shinto, politics and nationalism
ACCESS THE WORLDS RELIGIONS
Simple Guides: Religion is a series of concise, accessible introductions to the worlds major religions. Written by experts in the field, they offer an engaging and sympathetic description of the key concepts, beliefs and practices of different faiths.
Ideal for spiritual seekers and travellers alike, Simple Guides aims to open the doors of perception. Together the books provide a reliable compass to the worlds great spiritual traditions, and a point of reference for further exploration and discovery. By offering essential insights into the core values, customs and beliefs of different
societies, they also enable visitors to be aware of the cultural sensibilities of their hosts, and to behave in a way that fosters mutual respect and understanding.
This pocket-sized paperback is ideal for travellers, students and spiritual seekers. Simple Guides Shinto will help you to appreciate the cultural significance of Shinto, understand what goes on in Shinto Shrines and in Shinto rituals, recognize the key traditions and festivals of the Shinto year. The guide will also help you to gain insight into the controversies surrounding Shinto, politics and nationalism. Contents: Introduction (including New Years Festival and What Shinto Is Not) Shinto and its Japanese setting (including Threat of New Gods and Triumph of Buddhism) Kami, Myths and Meanings (including Important Kami in Shinto Tradition) Shinto in Japanese Religious History (including Shinto- Buddhist Interactions) Shinto Shrines (including Signs of the Sacred and Important Shrines and Locations) Life-cycles Festivals and Rituals (including Yearly Cycle of Events and Shinto Rituals) Prayers and Communication with Kami (including Symbolic Meanings and Sincerity and Gratitude) Shinto, Nationalism and Yasukuni Shrine (including Political Manoeuvres and opposition) Shinto in the Modern World (including Rise and Challenge of New Religions)
About the Author
About the Author
IAN READER has been teaching and researching on the religions of Japan for many years. His PhD on Japanese Buddhism was gained at the University of Leeds in 1983, after which he and his wife Dorothy lived and worked in Japan for almost six years. Since 1989 he has been a member of the Scottish Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He also spent a year as a Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii in 1992-93. For three years from August 1995 he lived in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.
Amongst his books are Religion in Contemporary Japan (Macmillan, 1991); Pilgrimage in Popular Culture (edited with Tony Walter, Macmillan, 1993) and A Poisonous Cocktail? Aum Shinrikyo-s Path to Violence (NIAS Books, Copenhagen 1996).