A Short History
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Shinto by John Breen
Book DescriptionShinto - A Short History provides an introductory outline of the historical development of Shinto from the ancient period of Japanese history until the present day. Shinto does not offer a readily identifiable set of teachings, rituals or beliefs; individual shrines and kami deities have led their own lives, not within the confines of a narrowly defined Shinto, but rather as participants in a religious field that included Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian and folk elements. Thus, this book approaches Shinto as a series of historical 'religious systems' rather than attempting to identify a timeless 'Shinto essence'. This history focuses on three aspects of Shinto practice: the people involved in shrine worship, the institutional networks that ensured continuity, and teachings and rituals. By following the interplay between these aspects in different periods, a pattern of continuity and discontinuity is revealed that challenges received understandings of the history of Shinto. This book does not presuppose prior knowledge of Japanese religion, and is easily accessible for those new to the subject.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415319133
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 29-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Breen
New History of Shinto, Paperback (January 2010)
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.
Yasukuni, the War Dead and the Struggle for Japan's Past, Hardback (March 2008)
A manual in English on Yasukuni, the controversial Shinto shrine in the heart of Tokyo, dedicated to the Japanese war dead. It carries multiple Chinese perspectives and also contributions from Western commmentators who offer their own insights on the shrine and its place in post war Japanese diplomacy, ideology and history.
Shinto in History, Paperback (July 2000)
A critical overview of Shinto from early times to the modern era. These essays highlight the dynamic nature of Shinto and shrine history by focusing on the three-way relationship, often fraught, between local shrine cults, the Shinto agenda and Buddhism.
Japan and Christianity, Hardback (December 1995)» View all books by John Breen
This text studies the relationship between Christianity and Japan whereby the impact of Japan on the religion is viewed alongside the more frequently cited influence of Christianity on Japanese society. This encounter is examined from a series of political, literary and historical perspectives.
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Author Biography - John Breen
Mark Teeuwen teaches at the University of Oslo, Norway. His specialisation is the history of Japanese religion. He has published extensively on the history of Shinto and kami worship within this field. John Breen teaches at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He specialises in cultural history and has published widely on politics and religion in modern Japan. Inoue Nobutaka teaches at Kokugakuin University in Tokyo, where he is a central member of the newly created Faculty of Shinto Studies. His field is sociology of religion. He is widely recognised as one of the foremost experts on Japanese New Religions in general, and sect Shinto in particular.
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