New PDF release: A New History of Shinto

By John Breen

ISBN-10: 1405155159

ISBN-13: 9781405155151

ISBN-10: 1405155167

ISBN-13: 9781405155168

This available consultant to the advance of Japan’s indigenous faith from precedent days to the current day bargains an illuminating creation to the myths, websites and rituals of kami worship, and their function in Shinto’s enduring non secular identity.

  • Offers a distinct new method of Shinto heritage that mixes severe research with unique research
  • Examines key evolutionary moments within the lengthy historical past of Shinto, together with the Meiji Revolution of 1868, and offers the 1st serious historical past  in English or jap of the Hie shrine, some of the most vital in all Japan
  • Traces the advance of assorted shrines, myths, and rituals via heritage as uniquely assorted phenomena, exploring how and after they merged into the fashionable idea of Shinto that exists in Japan today
  • Challenges the ancient stereotype of Shinto because the unchanging, all-defining middle of eastern culture

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Maro raised his voice and demanded: “The purpose of this pond is to give life to the people. ” To the people who had been called in for corvée duty, he said: “Kill those swimming and creeping creatures, every single one that catches your eye! ” Instantly, the ghostly snakes disappeared. (NKBT 2: 56–7) Maro’s conquest of Hitachi revealed that the Yahazu were only as powerful as the deities they worshiped. As “earthly” deities, these “ghostly snakes” stood no chance when confronted with the heavenly might of the imperial court.

The activities of this Bureau staged the emperor as a cosmic being responsible for maintaining the delicate equilibrium between Yin and Yang, and thus securing the safety and 36 Shrines, Myths, and Rituals in Premodern Times prosperity of the realm. The Bureau’s diviners allowed the court to detect and mend imbalances that manifested themselves in the imperial body (as illness) and in the world at large (in the form of comets, unseasonal weather, epidemics, local uprisings, or incidents at shrines and temples such as fires or damage to trees).

Hitachi-no-kuni fudoki, NKBT 2: 54–5) This tale is recorded in a gazetteer (fudoki) compiled on court orders under the supervision of Hitachi’s provincial governor (c. ), and sheds some light on the local worship of deities called kami as it manifested itself in this particular outlying region. It depicts the kami as the original owners of the land. They are dangerous and violent and allow the people to live on the land only if soothed with offerings and prayers. The community exists due to a pact with these deities, renewed periodically through worship.

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