Japanese Prayer Below the Equator

Japanese Prayer Below the Equator : How Brazilians Believe in the Church of World Messianity

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Based on intensive fieldwork, Matsuoka vividly depicts the followers of Church of World Messianity, a Japanese new religion in Brazil, which has successfully acquired a strong following among Brazilians, most whom are nonethnic Japanese. This book should be of interest to academics of religion, anthropology, transculturalism, or those focusing on Latin America as the book elucidates the reasons why these nonethnic Japanese Brazilians have accepted Messianity including analysis of fundamental features of the religion.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 194 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739113798
  • 9780739113790

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This study by Hideaki Matsuoka provides fresh insights regarding the religious views of recent generations of Japanese Brazilians. -- Dan Masterson, U.S. Naval Academy * The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History, January 2010 * Matsuoka's work is valuable not only because of his study of the COWM (Church of World Messianity) in Brazil but also for his extensive introductory analysis of the history and significance of Japanese new religions in general. Because of these extensive background comments, this study is accessible to both specialists and general readers alike. The research and bibliography are superb, and the writing is clear. * Southeast Review of Asian Studies, Volume 30 (2008) * The flows of religious beliefs and practices across ethnic and national boundaries around the world demand much more attention in globalization studies. This is a strikingly original investigation into a fascinating development-the powerful appeal of Japanese New Religions among over a million non-Japanese followers in Brazil. Matsuoka offers a compelling ethnographic portrait of Messianity, one of the most important of these spiritual movements. It is sectarian, messianic, even magical, and it demonstrates religion's capacity to travel widely and move people deeply. -- William Kelly, Yale University; editor of Fanning the Flames: Fans and Consumer Culture in Contemporary Japan
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About Hideaki Matsuoka

Hideaki Matsuoka is professor of international communication at Shukutku University.
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