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Immortal Wishes: Labor and Transcendence on a Japanese Sacred Mountain Paperback – April 16, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (April 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822330628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822330622
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,201,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Immortal Wishes reveals the deeply embodied nature of a religion which is physically labored at with a subtlety and intensity that is as sensuous as it is spiritual. It is this aesthetics—personal, historical, collective—that Ellen Schattschneider captures with the delicacy of her prose and analysis."—Anne Allison, Duke University

"Ellen Schattschneider has given us an account of Japanese religious experience that is at once powerfully evocative and analytically sophisticated. Immortal Wishes is a remarkable book that should prove invaluable not only for students of Japan but also for anyone wanting to understand the transformative power of religious experience."—Bradd Shore, Emory University

About the Author

Ellen Schattschneider is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University.

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Great book, not going into much detail, if you want to truly understand a slice of life of spirituality in Japan get this book. Ellen does a great job of helping you see into the lives, rituals and experiences of daily life at a shrine in Japan.

My only wish is that she would do another book like this
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