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Rodriquez, Maria, Ackermann, Peter and Martinez, Dolores, eds. (2007) Pilgrimage and spiritual quests in Japan. London: Routledge.

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Abstract

This exciting new book is a detailed examination of pilgrimages in Japan, including the meanings of travel, transformation, and the discovery of identity through encounters with the sacred, in a variety of interesting dimensions in both historical and contemporary Japanese culture, linked by the unifying theme of a spiritual quest. Several fascinating new approaches to traditional forms of pilgrimage are put forward by a wide range of specialists in anthropology, religion and cultural studies, who set Japanese pilgrimage in a wider comparative perspective. They apply models of pilgrimage to quests for vocational fulfilment, examining cases as diverse as the civil service, painting and poetry, and present ethnographies of contemporary reconstructions of old spiritual quests, as conflicting (and sometimes global) demands impinge on the time and space of would-be pilgrims.

Item Type: Edited Book or Journal Volume
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ISBN: 9780415323185
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203318508
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2007 13:14
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/257

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