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On Understanding Japanese Religion
Joseph Kitagawa, one of the founders of the field of history of religions and an eminent scholar of the religions of Japan, published his classic book "Religion in Japanese History" in 1966. Since then, he has written a number of extremely influential essays that illustrate approaches to the study of Japanese religious phenomena. To date, these essays have remained scatter ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published October 21st 1987 by Princeton University Press
(first published January 1st 1987)
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Joseph Kitagawa was a pioneer in the study of Japanese religion in American academia. This book is a collection of essays published in different places for somewhat different purposes, and, as such, it sometimes repeats itself more than a full-length approach would. But Kitagawa is more than thorough, from the early and mutual influences between Korea and Japan, including the mysterious Ainu minority, through the adoption of Japanese religion by many in this country. The overall picture that eme ...more