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- DescriptionDespite popular images of priests seeking enlightenment in sw-covered mountain temples, the central concern of Japanese Buddhism is death. For that reason, Japanese Buddhism's social and ecomic base has long been in mortuary services - a base w threatened by public debate over the status, treatment, and location of the dead. Bonds of the Dead explores the crisis brought on by this debate and investigates what changing burial forms reveal about the ways temple Buddhism is perceived and propagated in contemporary Japan. Mark Michael Rowe offers a crucial account of how religious, political, social, and ecomic forces in the twentieth century led to the emergence of new funerary practices in Japan and how, as a result, the care of the dead has become the most fundamental challenge to the continued existence of Japanese temple Buddhism. Far from marking the death of Buddhism in Japan, Rowe argues, funerary Buddhism reveals the tradition at its most vibrant. Combining ethgraphic research with doctrinal considerations, this is a fascinating book for anyone interested in Japanese society and religion.
- Author BiographyMark Michael Rowe is associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University in Ontario.
- Author(s)Mark Michael Rowe
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication28/10/2011
- SubjectNon-Christian Religions
- Series TitleBuddhism and Modernity
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note10 halftones, 2 line drawings, 2 tables
- Weight363 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
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