Call of the Kami

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Call of the Kami by Teresa Louise Huddleston-Garcia Summary

The world is a fine tapestry, ever worked and ever evolving upon a loom. The worlds of the visible and invisible mesh, and sometimes the unseen is glimpsed between the red posts of the torii. The Kami ever call for their Miko, and they are both within us all. The flower of a poem opens her petals to the sun, amidst a garden of other poems.

Sources of Japanese Tradition

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Sources of Japanese Tradition by Wm. Theodore de Bary,Carol Gluck,Donald Keene Summary

In both the literal and metaphorical senses, it seemed as if 1970s America was running out of gas. The decade not only witnessed long lines at gas stations but a citizenry that had grown weary and disillusioned. High unemployment, runaway inflation, and the energy crisis, caused in part by U.S. dependence on Arab oil, characterized an increasingly bleak economic situation. As Edward D. Berkowitz demonstrates, the end of the postwar economic boom, Watergate, and defeat in Vietnam led to an unraveling of the national consensus. During the decade, ideas about the United States, how it should be governed, and how its economy should be managed changed dramatically. Berkowitz argues that the postwar faith in sweeping social programs and a global U.S. mission was replaced by a more skeptical attitude about government's ability to positively affect society. From Woody Allen to Watergate, from the decline of the steel industry to the rise of Bill Gates, and from Saturday Night Fever to the Sunday morning fervor of evangelical preachers, Berkowitz captures the history, tone, and spirit of the seventies. He explores the decade's major political events and movements, including the rise and fall of détente, congressional reform, changes in healthcare policies, and the hostage crisis in Iran. The seventies also gave birth to several social movements and the "rights revolution," in which women, gays and lesbians, and people with disabilities all successfully fought for greater legal and social recognition. At the same time, reaction to these social movements as well as the issue of abortion introduced a new facet into American political life-the rise of powerful, politically conservative religious organizations and activists. Berkowitz also considers important shifts in American popular culture, recounting the creative renaissance in American film as well as the birth of the Hollywood blockbuster. He discusses how television programs such as All in the Family and Charlie's Angels offered Americans both a reflection of and an escape from the problems gripping the country.

Japanese Fairy World: Stories From the Wonder-Lore of Japan

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Japanese Fairy World: Stories From the Wonder-Lore of Japan by William Elliot Griffis Summary

Download or read Japanese Fairy World: Stories From the Wonder-Lore of Japan book by clicking button below to visit the book download website. There are multiple format available for you to choose (Pdf, ePub, Doc).

Religion and the Creation of Race and Ethnicity

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Religion and the Creation of Race and Ethnicity by Craig R. Prentiss Summary

This volume, meant specifically for those new to the field, brings together an ensemble of prominent scholars and illuminates the role religious myths have played in shaping those social boundaries that we call "races" and "ethnicities".

Japan

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Japan by Christopher Dresser Summary

An exquisitely illustrated 1882 introduction to Japanese architecture and decorative arts, by a leading British expert on the country's art.

A History of the Japanese People From the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era

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A History of the Japanese People From the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era by Frank & Kikuchi Brinkley Summary

IN the earliest eras of historic Japan there existed a hereditary corporation of raconteurs (Katari-be) who, from generation to generation, performed the function of reciting the exploits of the sovereigns and the deeds of heroes. They accompanied themselves on musical instruments, and naturally, as time went by, each set of raconteurs embellished the language of their predecessors, adding supernatural elements, and introducing details which belonged to the realm of romance rather than to that of ordinary history. These Katari-be would seem to have been the sole repository of their country's annals until the sixth century of the Christian era. Their repertories of recitation included records of the great families as well as of the sovereigns, and it is easy to conceive that the favour and patronage of these high personages were earned by ornamenting the traditions of their households and exalting their pedigrees. But when the art of writing was introduced towards the close of the fourth century, or at the beginning of the fifth, and it was seen that in China, then the centre of learning and civilization, the art had been applied to the compilation of a national history as well as of other volumes possessing great ethical value, the Japanese conceived the ambition of similarly utilizing their new attainment. For reasons which will be understood by and by, the application of the ideographic script to the language of Japan was a task of immense difficulty, and long years must have passed before the attainment of any degree of proficiency.

Landscape of the Now

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Landscape of the Now by Kent De Spain Summary

In Landscape of the Now, author Kent De Spain takes readers on a deep journey into the underlying processes and structures of postmodern movement improvisation. Based on a series of interviews with master teachers who have developed unique approaches that are taught around the world - Steve Paxton, Simone Forti, Lisa Nelson, Deborah Hay, Nancy Stark Smith, Barbara Dilley, Anna Halprin, and Ruth Zaporah - this book offers the rare opportunity to find some clarity in what is often a complex and confusing experience. After more than 20 years of research, De Spain has created an extensive list of questions that explore issues that arise for the improviser in practice and performance as well as resources that influence movements and choices. Answers to these questions are placed side by side to create dialog and depth of understanding, and to see the range of possible approaches experienced improvisers might explore. In its nineteen chapters, Landscape of the Now delves into issues like the influence of an audience on an improviser's choices or how performers "track" and use their experience of the moment. The book also looks at the role of cognitive skills, memory, space, emotion, and the senses. One chapter offers a rare opportunity for an honest discussion of the role of various forms of spirituality in what is seen as a secular dance form. Whether read from cover to cover or pulled apart and explored a subject at a time, Landscape of the Now offers the reader a kind of map into the mysterious realm of human creativity, and the wisdom and experience of artists who have spent a lifetime exploring it.

Kaempfer's Japan

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Kaempfer's Japan by Engelbert Kaempfer Summary

Engelbert Kaempfer's History of Japan was a best-seller from the moment it was published in London in 1727. Born in Westphalia in 1651, Kaempfer traveled throughout the Near and Far East before settling in Japan as physician to the trading settlement of the Dutch East India Company at Nagasaki. During his two years residence, he made two extensive trips around Japan in 1691 and 1692, collecting, according to the British historian Boxer, "an astonishing amount of valuable and accurate information." He also learned all he could from the few Japanese who came to Deshima for instruction in the European sciences. To these observations, Kaempfer added details he had gathered from a wide reading of travelers' accounts and the reports of previous trading delegations. The result was the first scholarly study of Tokugawa Japan in the West, a work that greatly influenced the European view of Japan throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, serving as a reference for a variety of works ranging from encyclopedias to the libretto of "The Mikado." Kaempfer's work remains one of the most valuable sources for historians of the Tokugawa period. The narrative describes what no Japanese was permitted to record (the details of the shogun's castle, for example) and what no Japanese thought worthy of recording (the minutiae of everyday life). However, all previous translations of the History are flawed, being based on the work of an eighteenth-century Swiss translator or that of the German editor some fifty years later who had little knowledge of Japan and resented Kaempfer's praise of the heathen country. Beatrice Bodart-Bailey's impressive new translation of this classic, which reflects careful study of Kaempfer's original manuscript, reclaims the work for the modern reader, placing it in the context of what is currently known about Tokugawa Japan and restoring the humor and freshness of Kaempfer's observations and impressions. In Kaempfer's Japan we have, for the first time, an accurate and thoroughly readable annotated translation of Kaempfer's colorful account of pre-modern Japan.

Philosophy and the Study of Religions

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Philosophy and the Study of Religions by Kevin Schilbrack Summary

Philosophy and the Study of Religions: AManifesto advocates a radical transformation of thediscipline from its current, narrow focus on questions of God, to afully global form of critical reflection on religions in all theirvariety and dimensions. Opens the discipline of philosophy of religion to the religiousdiversity that characterizes the world today Builds bridges between philosophy of religion and the otherinterpretative and explanatory approaches in the field of religiousstudies Provides a manifesto for a global approach to the subject thatis a practice-centred rather than a belief-centred activity Gives attention to reflexive critical studies of 'religion' associally constructed and historically located

A Brief Guide to Beliefs

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A Brief Guide to Beliefs by Linda Edwards Summary

Coves the major faiths including alternative movements, neo-paganism, and New Age, offering a comprehensive introduction to each that covers contemporary issues regarding God and the supernatural. Original.

The Principle of Reason

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The Principle of Reason by Martin Heidegger Summary

The Principle of Reason, the text of an important and influential lecture course that Martin Heidegger gave in 1955-56, takes as its focal point Leibniz's principle: nothing is without reason. Heidegger shows here that the principle of reason is in fact a principle of being. Much of his discussion is aimed at bringing his readers to the "leap of thinking," which enables them to grasp the principle of reason as a principle of being. This text presents Heidegger's most extensive reflection on the notion of history and its essence, the Geschick of being, which is considered on of the most important developments in Heidegger's later thought. One of Heidegger's most artfully composed texts, it also contains important discussions of language, translation, reason, objectivity, and technology as well as remarkable readings of Leibniz, Kant, Aristotle, and Goethe, among others.

Ubusuna

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Ubusuna by Susan Buirge Summary

Que savons-nous du métier de chorégraphe ? Le plus souvent rien ne subsiste du processus d'élaboration qui conduit à l'œuvre achevée. Il nous est apparu nécessaire, urgent, de faire vivre la réflexion, le désir du créateur. Cette collection, Mémoire Vivante, n'a pas d'autre mission que de faire exister les notes, les croquis, les problèmes rencontrés en cours de route, les solutions trouvées. Elle se veut aussi un témoignage unique de cette relation charnelle, amoureuse, intellectuelle qui unit le chorégraphe à ses interprètes. Chaque année, trois chorégraphes confirmés, accompagnés d'un plus jeune, ou d'un artiste plus secret, donc moins connu, acceptent de livrer leur travail, d'être observés pendant les répétitions, photographiés, voire de tenir leur journal de bord. Il ne s'agit surtout pas de faire œuvre littéraire, mais de produire des " textes de chantier ". Que la SACD (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques), et l'Association Beaumarchais, soient ici remerciées de leur participation et de leur soutien. Dominique Frétard What do we know of the choreographer's craft ? More often than not, nothing is left of the process of elaboration, which yields the finished work, We felt the need, urgently so, to bring to life the creative artist's thinking and desires. This collection, " Living Memory ", has but one goal, to give substance to the notes and sketches, the problems encountered and solutions discovered along the way. This collection also seeks to be a unique testimony to the bodily, loving and intellectual relationship, which binds the choreographer to his or her dancers. Three confirmed choreographers, along with a younger or more secret artist, hence less well known, have accepted to deliver up their work each year to be observed during rehearsals, to be photographed, even to keep a journal. Above all, this is not to be an exercise in literature, but a production of " working texts. " With thanks to the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD) and to the Beaumarchais Association for their participation and support. Dominique Fretard

The Revival of Tradition in Indonesian Politics

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The Revival of Tradition in Indonesian Politics by Jamie Davidson,David Henley Summary

The Indonesian term adat means ‘custom’ or ‘tradition’, and carries connotations of sedate order and harmony. Yet in recent years it has suddenly become associated with activism, protest and violence. This book investigates the revival of adat in Indonesian politics, identifying its origins, the historical factors that have conditioned it and the reasons behind its recent blossoming. It considers whether the adat revival is a constructive contribution to Indonesia’s new political pluralism or a divisive, dangerous and reactionary force, and examines the implications for the development of democracy, human rights, civility and political stability. The Revival of Tradition in Indonesian Politics provides detailed coverage of the growing significance of adat in Indonesian politics. It is an important resource for anyone seeking to understand the contemporary Indonesian political landscape.

World Religions

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World Religions by Gerald R McDermott Summary

An essential introduction to eight of the world’s major religions. Gerald R. McDermott explains what you need to understand about major world religions in order to engage people of other faiths while better understanding your own Christian faith and practice. McDermott offers an overview of the central beliefs of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto. Each chapter includes explanations of traditions and rituals. McDermott discusses major figures within each religion. Features include: Insights from members of each religious community Glossary of important terms

Japan and the Japanese

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Japan and the Japanese by Aimé Humbert Summary

The 1874 English translation of a Swiss diplomat's well-illustrated description of life under the Tokugawa shogunate in its final years.

Out of the East

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Out of the East by Lafcadio Hearn Summary

Out of the East came wonderful tales by a Westerner who loved the old Japan—devotion, ancestor worship, courtesy, and kindness—and record his feelings for the rest of the world to read. This collection of "reveries and studies," as author and legendary Japanologist Lafcadio Hearn subtitled Out of the East, contains unforgettable tales like "The Red Bridal," in which the conflict between duty and human feelings leads to tragedy in classically Japanese style; moving personal memoirs like "with Kyushu Students," Hearn's account of his experiences teaching at Kumamoto Higher Middle School; and marvelous evocations of atmosphere like "The Dream of Summer Day." In works like these Hearn perceived and captured the essence of Japan as it was in the days when he fell under its spell and made Japan his adopted country. It is small wonder that Hearn's writing continues to live, for his very soul is in his writing—and the soul of Japan well.

The Religions of Japan From the Dawn of History to the Era of Méiji

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The Religions of Japan From the Dawn of History to the Era of Méiji by William Elliot Griffis Summary

This book is part of the TREDITION CLASSICS series. The creators of this series are united by passion for literature and driven by the intention of making all public domain books available in printed format again - worldwide. At tredition we believe that a great book never goes out of style. Several mostly non-profit literature projects provide content to tredition. To support their good work, tredition donates a portion of the proceeds from each sold copy. As a reader of a TREDITION CLASSICS book, you support our mission to save many of the amazing works of world literature from oblivion.

The Religion Toolkit

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The Religion Toolkit by John Morreall,Tamara Sonn Summary

This complete overview of religious studies provides students with the essential knowledge and tools they need to explore and understand the nature of religion. Covers the early development of religion, with overviews of major and minor religions from Islam to Scientology Considers recent developments including secularization; the relationship between religion and science; and scientific studies on religion, health, and mystical experience Uses humor throughout, allowing students to remain open-minded to the subject Explains what it means to study religion academically, and considers the impact of the study of religion on religion itself Contains numerous student-friendly features including photos, maps, time lines, side bars, historical profiles, and population distribution figures Provides classroom users with a lively website,www.wiley.com/go/religiontoolkit, including questions, quizzes, extra material, and helpful primary and secondary sources

Religion of the Rustic Gods Vs the Gospel Truth

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Religion of the Rustic Gods Vs the Gospel Truth by Uche Ephraim Chuku Summary

The motive of all customary religions is the same: to jointly serve the will of the wicked gods of the world. They also have one clear and simple message for enlightened humankind: to return to the Eden-like life of total spiritual blindness and shamelessness, presented in various ways by the various religious sects. The brave achievements of Adam and Eve in Eden-receiving the divine fruit of the knowledge of good and evil for humankind-still pose great worries for Yahweh/Allah and the other sneaky gods of the world. In retaliation, the gods try to reverse humankind's spiritual gains through the devious activities of human religion. Religion of the Rustic Gods Vs the Gospel Truth: Religion without Reason, Book 5 examines the teachings of the various major religions of the world. Uche E. Chuku asserts that in respect to humankind's quest for true spiritual salvation, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, and all other religions are simply religions for nothing. What they espouse as mystical "awakening" is blindness to the basic facts of this life. Chuku discusses how the founders of all the customary religions of the world have become the "thieves and robbers" of human souls, and why seeking to unite with the gods of the world is seeking to share in their eternal spiritual damnation.

A New History of Shinto

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A New History of Shinto by John Breen,Mark Teeuwen Summary

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 their role in Shinto’s enduring religious identity. Offers a unique 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 1868, 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 various shrines, myths, and rituals through history as uniquely 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