Clans and Religion in Ancient Japan: The mythology of Mt. Miwa

Routledge, 2016/05/12 - 162 ページ
Clans and Religion in Ancient Japan presents the latest research on the origin of Japanese religion and the clans in charge of religious services in ancient Japan. This book is written from a new analytical perspective and it utilizes not only well-known historical manuscripts which previous research relies upon, but also mythology, archaeological antiquities, pictorial materials and genealogies.

The book hopes to differentiate between the religious systems of Japan and those of other Asian countries, and also between eastern and western cultures. Although different and unique, the book aims to show how Japan plays a part in the global environment and captures attention by answering questions from a historical perspective such as "What is Japan?" and "How should Japan relate to the world?".


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History of study and points of controversy
The rise and decline of the miwa clan
The constitution of the miwa clan
The dispersal of the miwa clan
Characterizations of the miwa
The transition of religious services at Mt Miwa
The legend of religious services at Mt Miwa
Conclusion and future prospects

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著者について (2016)

Masanobu Suzuki is Senior Analyst for Textbooks at the Elementary and Secondary Education Bureau at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. He was formerly Associate Professor at Waseda University, Japan and has taught ancient Japanese history in many universities since 2008. He received his PhD in Literature at Waseda University in 2012.