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Description - Prayer and Play in Late Tokugawa Japan by Nam-Lin Hur

The unique amalgam of prayer and play at the Sensoji temple in Edo is often cited as proof of the "degenerate Buddhism" of the Tokugawa period. This investigation of the economy and cultural politics of Sensoji, however, shows that its culture of prayer and play reflected changes taking place in Tokugawa Japan, particularly in the city of Edo. Play was an integral part of the business of religion at Sensoji, and the temple supplied both in equal measure to often rootless Edoites. Hur's reappraisal of prayer and play and their inherent connectedness provides a cultural critique of conventional scholarship on Tokugawa religion and shows how Edo commoners incorporated cultural politics into their daily lives through the pursuit of prayer and play.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674002401
ISBN-10: 0674002407
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 157mm x mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 16-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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