Ceremony and Ritual in Japan: Religious Practices in an by P. Martinez, D. P. Martinez, Jan Van Bremen

By P. Martinez, D. P. Martinez, Jan Van Bremen

Japan is without doubt one of the such a lot urbanised and industrialised nations on the earth. but the japanese proceed to training numerous non secular rituals and ceremonies regardless of the high-tech, hugely regimented nature of eastern society. Ceremony and formality in Japan specializes in the conventional and non secular features of jap society from an anthropological viewpoint, offering new fabric and making cross-cultural comparisons.
The chapters during this assortment hide issues as varied as funerals and mourning, sweeping, women's roles in ritual, the department of ceremonial meals into sour and candy, the heritage of a shrine, the taking part in of video games, the trade of towels and the connection among rite and the place of work. The publication offers an summary of the which means of culture, and appears on the method during which new ceremonies have sprung up in altering conditions, whereas outdated ones were preserved, or have built new meanings.

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