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The Origin of Modern Shinto in Japan: The Vanquished Gods of Izumo

Yijiang Zhong
Format
Book
Published
London, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PIc, 2016.
Language
English
Series
Bloomsbury Shinto Studies
ISBN
9781474271080, 1474271081, 9781474271103, 9781474271097
Summary
"Yijiang Zhong analyses the formation of Shinto as a complex and diverse religious tradition in early modern Japan, 1600-1868. Highlighting the role of the god Okuninushi and the mythology centered on the Izumo Shrine in western Japan as part of this process, he shows how and why this god came to be ignored in State Shinto in the modern period. In doing so, Zhong moves away from the traditional understanding of Shinto history as something completely internal to the nation of Japan, and instead situates the formation of Shinto within a larger geopolitical context involving intellectual and political developments in the East Asian region and the role of western colonial expansion. The Origin of Modern Shinto in Japan draws extensively on primary source materials in Japan, many of which were only made available to the public less than a decade ago and have not yet been studied. Source materials analysed include shrine records and object materials, contemporary written texts, official materials from the national and provincial levels, and a broad range of visual sources based on contemporary prints, drawings, photographs and material culture"--
Contents
  • Note on Text/Translation
  • Introduction
  • Resurrecting the Great Lord of the Land, 1653-1667
  • The Month without the Gods, 1600-1871
  • True Pillar of the Soul, 1792-1846
  • Converting Japan, 1825-1875
  • Competing Ways of the Gods, 1872-1889
  • Conclusion: The Izumo Gods, Nation, and Empire.
Description
xi, 260 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Notes
  • Outgrowth of the author's thesis (doctoral--University of Chicago, 2011) under the title: Gods without names : the genesis of modern Shinto in nineteenth century Japan.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-254) and index.
Technical Details
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