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Shugendo: Essays on the Structure of Japanese Folk Religion (Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies) Hardcover – July 11, 2001

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Product Details

  • Series: Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies (Book 32)
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: U of M Center For Japanese Studies (July 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093951205X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939512058
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,088,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Pelzer on August 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The present book is a compilation of essays by prof. Miyake, who is an authority on the subject in Japan. The subject of Shugendo is hardly known outside Japan, although it would be a very deserving subject for research by Western Japanese Studies specialists in fields like religion, anthropology, philosophy or even art. At present, however, the subject has recieved hardly any attention at all in the West, except maybe inside Japanese religion specialist circles (the results of which, in any case, are not widely known), which is a state of affairs that should be remedied. The present book could thereby become an essential starting point from where scholars can embark on an exploring adventure into an important element of the unique world of Japanese esoterics that is Shugendo. Highly recommended to people with an inquisitive mind into the realm of the abstract within Japanese culture.
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Format: Hardcover
This work treats of a subject that may seem obscure to some. But hidden in the depths of Shugendo I discovered one of the most illuminating of themes: mountain asceticism as a primer for mountaineering, comparative literature, spirituality and philosophy. I cannot recommend this book enough. Anyone traveling to Japan most definitely will want to confer with this and engage in equivalent pilgrimages. A work of rare beauty and scholarship.
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