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A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine
Contributor(s): Nelson, John K. (Author)

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ISBN: 0295975008     ISBN-13: 9780295975009
Publisher: University of Washington Press
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 1996

Annotation: What we today call Shinto has been at the heart of Japanese culture for almost as long as there has been political entity distinguishing itself as Japan. A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine describes the ritual cycle at Suwa Shrine, Nagasaki's major Shinto shrine. Conversations with priests, other shrine personnel, and people attending shrine functions supplement John K. Nelson's observations of over fifty shrine rituals and festivals. He elicits their views on the meaning and personal relevance of the religious events and the place of Shinto and Suwa Shrine in Japanese society, culture, and politics. Nelson focuses on the very human side of an ancient institution and provides a detailed look at beliefs and practices that, although grounded in natural cycles, are nonetheless meaningful in late-twentieth-century Japanese society.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Religion | Shintoism
Dewey: 299.561
LCCN: 95-23257
Age Level: 22-UP
Grade Level: 17-UP
Lexile Measure: 1620(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.77" H x 6.15" W x 9.27" (1.08 lbs) 288 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - Asian
Features: Bibliography, Glossary, Index, Maps
Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 05/06/1996 pg. 67
Publishers Weekly 04/29/1996 pg. 67
Booklist 10/01/1997 pg. 346
Library Journal 06/15/1996 pg. 70
Publishers Weekly 04/29/1996
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