Pilgrimages and Spiritual Quests in Japan

1st Edition

Peter Ackermann, Dolores Martinez, Maria Rodriguez del Alisal

Routledge
Published August 31, 2008
Reference - 206 Pages
ISBN 9780415481335 - CAT# RU55810
Series: Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

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Summary

This exciting new book is a detailed examination of pilgrimages in Japan, including the meanings of travel, transformation, and the discovery of identity through encounters with the sacred, in a variety of interesting dimensions in both historical and contemporary Japanese culture, linked by the unifying theme of a spiritual quest.

Several fascinating new approaches to traditional forms of pilgrimage are put forward by a wide range of specialists in anthropology, religion and cultural studies, who set Japanese pilgrimage in a wider comparative perspective. They apply models of pilgrimage to quests for vocational fulfilment, examining cases as diverse as the civil service, painting and poetry, and present ethnographies of contemporary reconstructions of old spiritual quests, as conflicting (and sometimes global) demands impinge on the time and space of would-be pilgrims.

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