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Martinez, Dolores (1998) 'Redefining Kuzaki: ritual, belief and cho boundaries.' In: Hendry, Joy, (ed.), Interpreting Japanese Society. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 213-221.

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The former fishing and diving village of Kuzaki had been incorporated into Toba city for several decades when I did my fieldwork in 1984-6. Yet the cho¯ (ward) retained its distance from the city and other nearby cho¯ (which had also been distinct villages in the past), both politically and geographically. In fact, on my return from the field, when I began to organize the material I had gathered, I realized that Kuzaki reinforced its spatial distance from other places through the yearly enactment of a series of rituals linked to the eastern, southern, western and northern boundaries of the village. The question is: why did I not spot this while I was doing fieldwork, since the material on ‘folk’ religion in Japan is full of examples of what might be termed ‘boundary protection’ (cf. Hendry 1984; Ohnuki-Tierney 1984 among others)?

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ISBN: 9780415172684
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2007 13:14

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