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A New History of Shinto PDF/EPUB É A New PDF \

A New History of Shinto ☄ [PDF / Epub] ☃ A New History of Shinto By John Breen ✓ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk This accessible guide to the development of Japan's indigenous religion from ancient times to the present day offers an illuminating introduction to the myths sites and rituals of kami worship and the This accessible guide History of Kindle Ï to the development of Japan's indigenous religion from ancient times to the present day offers an illuminating introduction to the myths sites and rituals of kami worship and their role in Shinto's enduring religious identity Offers a uniue new approach to Shinto history that combines critical analysis with original research Examines key evolutionary moments in the long history of Shinto including the Meiji Revolution of and provides the first critical history in English or Japanese of the Hie shrine one of the most important in all Japan Traces the development of A New PDF \ various shrines myths and rituals through history as uniuely diverse phenomena exploring how and when they merged into the modern notion of Shinto that exists in Japan today Challenges the historic stereotype of Shinto as the unchanging all defining core of Japanese culture.


10 thoughts on “A New History of Shinto

  1. Vella Vella says:

    While this work contains useful information regarding the tumultuous development of the Way of the Kami there is a venomous postmodern and Westernized bias which desacralizes or sanitizes Shinto origination stories local festivities and the emperor succession mythos Buddhist and Chinese influences are absolutely formative in the culture of the Japanese islands but this work puts forth contentious and often dubious associations between Shintoist figures or ways with Buddhist figures or enlightenment and Confucian ethics One stretch is given in the treatment of Noh said to evoke the process of Buddhist enlightenment in its audience rather than a naturalistic process and poetics special to JapanIn a work that claims to provide fair and unbiased treatment of Shinto history naming the non sanitized formative myths and traditions as merely ancient tales fascinating in their dazzling otherness but rarely perceived to be 'true' as carriers of sacred authority 167 the work cannot be read without bearing through a glaringly faulty interpretive slant It is sad that postmodern or Westernized understandings of the otherness or uniueness of anything that contravenes its influence must be sanitized in interpretive histories that proclaim that same uniueness to be outdated and never to be revived note that any otherness which can be taken up and utilized in Western frameworks of thought or practice is not desacralized or sanitized to the same extentThe hope of this reviewer is that other texts regarding Shinto or Japanese culture will not kill the spirit of these stories unlike this work's abstract word—a word stamped over colonized battered foes who cannot freely speak If you are looking for a work on Shinto that is free of devious interpretive games this work is not for you


  2. Adam Adam says:

    Breen's New History is book than I needed it to be and also doesn't uite cover the things I was most interested in Nonetheless it's a well written book and covers Shinto from a critical and deconstructive approach I appreciate Breen's thesis is that Shinto as it was until recently understood as the indigenous religion of Japan which has been adulterated through exposure to Confucian Buddhist and other ideas from Korea and China and even India is a narrative spun intentionally by elites in the creation of the modern imperial regime That is Shinto's contemporary form was born in the same wave of ethno nationalist folklore studies that birthed the nation state In retrospect this is unsurprising arguably the most dramatic and empowered iteration of that process I know if is Nazism and it's probably no coincidence that the peak of Imperial Shinto came during World War 2 There's a bit of suishy business here Breen argues that Shinto per se didn't exist before it was violently disentangled from Buddhism by the Meiji government This makes sense insofar as the extensive presence of Buddhist icons and concepts in shinto shrines illustrates almost a thousand years of pluralistic engagement and overlap But the mere fact that the Meiji government was able to conceive of them as distinct entities and Breen gives no indication that they were wrong or arbitrary in their identification of Buddhist elements suggests that there was some truth to this distinction More importantly it suggests that there was a Shinto if not a simple or unitary one in Japan before it was layered and muddled with continental ideas This is maybe reading it unfairly but it definitely feels like he's trying to destroy a notion of ethno cultural purity by discrediting it rather than reframing it as a positive process The main reason I found this framing annoying was because it led him to largely ignore the indigenous Shinto before Buddhist and Confucian influences as a fiction and that was of course the part I was interested in learning about Imperial Shinto feels blandly political and largely disinterested in place ecology story etc except as a tool for authority Maybe there aren't great sources on early Shinto or maybe he just wants to make a point about how the Shinto that exists today is ultimately a new hybrid beast that doesn't honestly reflect that indigenous folklore in any meaningful way and that's fair But it seems of a conscious exclusion to focus on Shinto as an institutional conservative force associated with right wing ideologies today when presumably there's still a lot of uirky local stuff going on that could be talked about Anyway that uestion aside Breen's writing is remarkably brisk and clear It's just about a lot of esoteric stuff full of new Japanese terms that overload the working memory and make the eyes glaze over if you're not invested in that level of detail So I skimmedskipped through a lot of the meat The intro and conclusion are uite nice reads though Just not really what I was looking for which is not surprising this is a history than a mythology book obviously but it fills in some useful contextThe other bit I found interesting is that Breen casually dismisses Shinto's reputation as an ecological religion as a fantasy something that has been attributed to it recently in international perception but not something Shinto priests have historically been cognizant of He does point out that there is a modern movement among priests managing shrine forests to live up to this new narrative which is neat This feels like a uestion worth a lot investigation than this off hand dismissal surely Shinto is bound up with Japan's complex history of environmental damage and management abroad and on the islands themselves but I guess that's for another book


  3. Olia Olia says:

    In this study John Breen suggest an alternative reading of the Shinto history though actually soome other scientist before also put the term Shinto aside like Grapard and others but still what is intersting is the historical approach to the study Breen takes 1 myth one sight Mount Hie and one ritual and study its history appearance and development analyzing the changes and the reasons for these changes Thus much of the book is exploring the dynamic processes by which kami shrines rites and myths became ShintoThe book although scientific has got a nice style and uite easy and interesting to read


  4. Alessia Alessia says:

    A very interesting look on Shinto its development and relationship to the society and political world in Japan Estremely interesting the part in chapter 6 about NAS


  5. S.P. S.P. says:

    Shinto is heralded as the indigenous religion of Japan worshiping of the Sun Goddess and her descendants eg an unbroken line of emperors Of course it is much complicated that that and Breen goes about unpicking the details and the history of what has become Shinto After a review of the known history Breen then concentrates on three specific manifestations of Shinto through specific examples the history of the Hie shrine The 'Cave' myth of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu and the ritual of Daijosai the rite of imperial accession Breen also helpfully summaries the book in the conclusion on the last pageview spoilerShinto is not a “tradition” of the kind that has been likened to a great river flowing of its own accord through the plains of history while nurturing Japan’s culture and giving meaning to its past present and future There is nothing either natural or inevitable about the spates of invention that have resulted in Shinto as we know it today Our account of Shinto’s history differs fundamentally from the Shinto establishment’s emic understanding that kami shrines myths and rituals are of their very essence aspects of Shinto and have always been so We stress rather the agency of individual actors at every turn Shinto in our view appears not as the unchanging core of Japan’s national essence but rather as the unpredictable outcome of an erratic history hide spoiler


  6. Arianne Arianne says:

    This is not an introductory book on Shinto but it is also very different from a simple explanatory essay It is very critical of its subject and approaches Shinto in a as the title suggests new way I liked how it made me reflect on my own perception of other religions and how I was able to learn about Japan history throught the Shinto lense Great read recommended to whoever has an interest in world cultures and religions


  7. Mike Huff Mike Huff says:

    If you have read about or already know some of the basis about Shinto this is good history with an interesting structure looking at the development of Shinto with a detailed examination of space of the shrine the tale of Amaterasu in the cave and the rite of imperial accessionAnd Goodreads has the title wrong it's A New History of Shinto


  8. Jessica Zu Jessica Zu says:

    TREATING Shinto as a derivative of Shrines myths and rituals the concrete social realities this is a totally ingenious way to understanding the history of Japanese relations shintonization as the process of superscribing meaning onto social practices fascinating


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