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Myth and Deity in Japan

Myth and Deity in Japan

The Interplay of Kami and Buddhas

Kamata Tōji
Translated by Gaynor Sekimori

Philosophy & Religion

¥3,900 (Hardcover) | ¥2,800 (Paperback)

Published by JPIC | ISBN 978-4-916055-84-2 (Hardcover) | ISBN 978-4-86658-052-4 (Paperback) | 218 pages | 226mm (h) x 152mm (w) | March 2017

About the Book

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.

About the Author

KAMATA Tōji

Born in Tokushima prefecture in 1951. After graduating from Kokugakuin University, majoring in philosophy, Kamata pursued doctoral research in Shinto theology at the same university. He is currently professor emeritus, Kyoto University, and guest professor at the Sophia University Institute of Grief Care. His research interests range widely over religion, folklore studies, Japanese intellectual history, comparative civilizations, and other fields. He holds a doctoral degree in literature. He is qualified to hold Shinto rituals and is a Shinto songwriter. He performs on the stone flute (iwabue), horizontal flute, and conch shell (horagai). A devotee of pilgrimages to holy sites since the age of seventeen, he has visited many sacred sites in Japan and abroad over the last forty years.

内容紹介

神道はユーラシア大陸の東の果てで自然発生的に生まれ、形成されてきた日本人のしきたりだ。6世紀に仏教が日本に伝来すると、神と仏は寄り添い、民間信仰などを取り込み、日本独自の神仏観をかたちづくってきた。日本文化の底流を成す神仏習合の歴史を見直し、社会不安に満ちている現代で、平和に向かって何ができるのか。新しい日本的霊性を見出し、その可能性を問う。

著者紹介

鎌田東二

1951年、徳島県阿南市生まれ。國學院大學文学部哲学科卒業。同大学院文学研究科神道学専攻博士課程単位取得満期退学。現在・京都大学こころの未来研究センター教授。宗教・哲学・民俗学・日本思想史・比較文明学などを幅広く研究。文学博士。石笛・横笛・法螺貝奏者。フリーランス神主・神道ソングライター。17歳で聖地巡礼に目覚め、以来40年以上、国内外の聖地を参拝して回る。著書に、『神界のフィールドワーク』『翁童論』4部作、『宗教と霊性』『霊的人間』『聖地感覚』『神楽感覚』(細野晴臣との共著)『超訳 古事記』など多数。

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Original Japanese Version / 原書情報

神と仏の出逢う国

神と仏の出逢う国

鎌田東二 著

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