A Social History of the Ise Shrines: Divine Capital - download pdf or read online

By Mark Teeuwen,John Breen

The Ise shrine complicated is between Japan's so much enduring nationwide symbols, and A Social historical past of the Ise Shrines: Divine Capital is the 1st ebook to track the background of the shrines from their beginnings within the 7th century until eventually the current day. Ise enshrines the sunlight Goddess Amaterasu, the imperial ancestress and the main widespread between kami deities, and has performed an essential function in Japan's social, political and non secular heritage. the most well-liked pilgrims' allure within the land from the 16th century onwards, in 2013 the Ise advanced once more captured the nation's awareness because it underwent its periodic rebuilding, played as soon as each twenty years.

Mark Teeuwen and John Breen show that the Ise Shrines underwent drastic re-inventions due to on-going contestation among diversified teams of individuals in several ancient sessions. They specialise in the brokers answerable for those re-inventions, the character of the commercial, political and ideological measures they took, and the explicit strategies they deployed to make sure that Ise survived one drawback after one other during its lengthy history.

This e-book questions significant assumptions approximately Ise, particularly the concept that Ise has regularly been outlined by way of its imperial connections, and that it has constantly been a domain of Shinto. Written by means of top experts within the box of Shinto reports, this can be the basic historical past of Japan's most important sacred site.

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