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Download e-book for kindle: Bonds of the Dead: Temples, Burial, and the Transformation by Mark Michael Rowe

By Mark Michael Rowe

ISBN-10: 0226730131

ISBN-13: 9780226730134

ISBN-10: 0226730158

ISBN-13: 9780226730158

Despite renowned photographs of monks looking enlightenment in snow-covered mountain temples, the imperative problem of jap Buddhism is demise. consequently, jap Buddhism’s social and fiscal base has lengthy been in mortuary services—a base now threatened by way of public debate over the prestige, remedy, and placement of the useless. Bonds of the Dead explores the concern because of this debate and investigates what altering burial kinds demonstrate concerning the methods temple Buddhism is perceived and propagated in modern Japan.

Mark Rowe bargains an important account of ways spiritual, political, social, and fiscal forces within the 20th century resulted in the emergence of recent funerary practices in Japan and the way, consequently, the care of the useless has turn into the main primary problem to the continuing lifestyles of eastern temple Buddhism. faraway from marking the dying of Buddhism in Japan, Rowe argues, funerary Buddhism unearths the culture at its such a lot shiny. Combining ethnographic examine with doctrinal issues, it is a attention-grabbing booklet for a person attracted to eastern society and religion.

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