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Myth and deity in Japan: the interplay of Kami and Buddhas

By: Toji, Kamata.
Contributor(s): Sekimori, Gaynor [Translator].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Japan library. Publisher: Tokyo Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture (JPIC) 2017Description: xi, 218 p.: col. ill. Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN: 9784916055842.Subject(s): Shinto | Interfaith relations | Buddhism | Japan | Japanese - MythologyDDC classification: 299.56 Summary: Shinto is a tradition native to Japan that arose naturally on the eastern fringe of the Eurasian continent and was woven over many years into the fabric of people's everyday lives. When Buddhism entered the country in the sixth century, the two religions—rather than competing with or seeking to marginalize the other—coalesced, embracing many other folk deities as well to create a singular combinatory religious culture that continues to permeate Japan's cultural life today. This English translation of a book originally written in Japanese by one of the country's most knowledgeable, penetrating, and eclectic scholars of Japanese religion and spirituality presents an engaging overview of the country's religious legacy, as well as offering insights into how religion can become a force for peaceful coexistence, rather than violent extremism. https://japanlibrary.jpic.or.jp/books/published/philosophyandreligion/001820.html
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The originally published in the Japanese language as Kami to hotoke no deau kuni in 2009
Photographs by Kuwahara Hidefumi

Table of Contents

The mechanism of the combination
The encounter of Shinto and Buddhism in the early Japanese state
The new Buddhism of the Heian period
Kami and Buddhas in the medieval period
Nativist studies and a new view of Kami-Buddha combination
Epilogue: toward a new Kami-Buddha combination.

Shinto is a tradition native to Japan that arose naturally on the eastern fringe of the Eurasian continent and was woven over many years into the fabric of people's everyday lives. When Buddhism entered the country in the sixth century, the two religions—rather than competing with or seeking to marginalize the other—coalesced, embracing many other folk deities as well to create a singular combinatory religious culture that continues to permeate Japan's cultural life today. This English translation of a book originally written in Japanese by one of the country's most knowledgeable, penetrating, and eclectic scholars of Japanese religion and spirituality presents an engaging overview of the country's religious legacy, as well as offering insights into how religion can become a force for peaceful coexistence, rather than violent extremism.

https://japanlibrary.jpic.or.jp/books/published/philosophyandreligion/001820.html

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