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Ceremony and Ritual in Japan

by D. P. Martinez

Part of the Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies Series

Ceremony and Ritual in Japan Synopsis

Japan is one of the most urbanised and industrialised countries in the world. Yet the Japanese continue to practise a variety of religious rituals and ceremonies despite the high-tech, highly regimented nature of Japanese society. Ceremony and Ritual in Japan focuses on the traditional and religious aspects of Japanese society from an anthropological perspective, presenting new material and making cross-cultural comparisons. The chapters in this collection cover topics as diverse as funerals and mourning, sweeping, women's roles in ritual, the division of ceremonial foods into bitter and sweet, the history of a shrine, the playing of games, the exchange of towels and the relationship between ceremony and the workplace. The book provides an overview of the meaning of tradition, and looks at the way in which new ceremonies have sprung up in changing circumstances, while old ones have been preserved, or have developed new meanings.

Ceremony and Ritual in Japan Press Reviews

... a gold mine of thoughtful insight into contemporary Japanese life ... there is solid meat here ... The collection brings together contributions from many of the leading scholars of religion and culture, Japanese, European, and American, in an unusually helpful mix ... Highly recommended for all levels. -J. H. Bailey, Earlham College

Book Information

ISBN: 9780415116633
Publication date: 22nd December 1994
Author: D. P. Martinez
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 284 pages
Categories: Sociology: customs & traditions, Oriental religions, Anthropology, Worship, rites & ceremonies,

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