Buddhas and Kami in Japan

Buddhas and Kami in Japan : Honji Suijaku as a Combinatory Paradigm

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This volume offers a multidisciplinary approach to the combinatory tradition that dominated premodern and early modern Japanese religion, known as honji suijaku (originals and their traces). It questions received, simplified accounts of the interactions between Shinto and Japanese Buddhism, and presents a more dynamic and variegated religious world, one in which the deities' Buddhist originals and local traces did not constitute one-to-one associations, but complex combinations of multiple deities based on semiotic operations, doctrines, myths, and legends. The book's essays, all based on specific case studies, discuss the honji suijaku paradigm from a number of different perspectives, always integrating historical and doctrinal analysis with interpretive insights.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20.07mm | 707g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138965162
  • 9781138965164
  • 2,215,329

About Professor Fabio Rambelli

Mark Teeuwen teaches at the University of Oslo, Norway. He specialises in the history of Shinto. Fabio Ramballi teaches at Sapporo University, Japan. He specialises in the history of Buddhism, particularly Esoteric Buddhism in Japan.show more

Table of contents

ContributorsPreface1. Introduction: Combinatory religion and the honji suijaku paradigm in pre-modern Japan Mark Teeuwen and Fabio Rambelli2. From thunder child to Dharma protector: Dojo hoshi and the Buddhist appropriation of Japanese local deities Irene Lin3. The source of oracular speech: absense? presence? or plain treachery? The case of Hachiman Usa-gú gotakusenshú Allan Grapard4. Wrathful Deities and saving deities Sato Hiroo5. The creation of a honji suijaku deity: Amaterasu as the Judge of the Dead Mark Teeuwen6. Honji suijaku and the logic of combinatory images: Two case studies Iyanaga Nobumi7. Honji suijaku and the development of etymological allegoresis as an interpretive method in medieval commentaries Susan Blakeley/Klein8. 'Both parts' or 'only one'? Challenges to the honji suijaku paradigm in the Edo period Bernhard Scheid9. Hokke Shinto: Kami in the Nichiren tradition Lucia Dolce10. Honji suijaku at work: Religion, economics, and ideology in pre-modern Japan Fabio Rambelli11. The interaction between Buddhist and Shinto traditions at Suwa Shrine Inoue Takami12. Dancing the doctrine: Honji suijaku thought in kagura performances Irit AverbuchNotesBibliographyIndexshow more