The Religious Traditions of Japan 500-1600 (Hardcover)

By Richard Bowring

Cambridge University Press, 9780521851190, 485pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2005

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Description

Richard Bowring traces the development of Japanese religious thought and practice from the introduction of writing to the point at which medieval attitudes gave way to a distinctive pre-modern culture, a change that brought an end to the dominance of religious institutions. A wide range of approaches using the resources of art, history, social and intellectual history, as well as doctrine is brought to bear on the subject in order to give as full a picture as possible of the richness of the Japanese tradition and an overview of how Buddhism and Shintinteracted in Japanese culture.