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Prayer and play in late Tokugawa Japan : Asakusa Sensōji and Edo society / Nam-lin Hur

Catalog Data

Author:
Hur, Nam-lin  Search this
Subject:
Sensōji (Tokyo, Japan)  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 302 pages : illustrations
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
2000
Contents:
Introduction: The Rise of Sensoji Buddhism -- 1. The Buddhist Culture of Prayer and Play -- 2. The Built-in Unity of Prayer and Play -- 3. The Social Economy of Prayer and Play -- 4. The Cultural Politics of Prayer and Play -- Conclusion: The Cradle of Prayer and Play
Summary:
"By investigating the economy and cultural politics of Sensoji Nam-lin Hur shows that the Buddhist culture of prayer and play exemplified by this temple reflected the changes taking place in Tokugawa Japan, particularly in the urban environment of Edo. Play was an integral part of the business of religion at Sensoji, and it supplied both in equal measure to the often rootless Edoites. Hur's reappraisal of prayer and play and their inherent connectedness provides a cultural critique of conventional scholarship on Tokugawa religion and shows how Edo commoners incorporated cultural politics into their daily lives through the pursuit of prayer and play."--Jacket.
Topic:
Recreation--Religious aspects--Buddhism  Search this
Amusements--Religious aspects--Buddhism  Search this
Buddhism--Social aspects  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1079030