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2. Essentialism in Early Shinto Studies

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1. Title Title of document 2. Essentialism in Early Shinto Studies - Exploring Shinto
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Gaétan Rappo; Nagoya University; Japan
3. Subject Discipline(s) Buddhist Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Japanese religion; Shinto; Kami; Suwa Grand Shrine; Buddhism; Tendai; Ise Shrine; Yoshida Bonshun; Shinbutsu; Noh; Shin Buddhism; Fusokyo; Shinshukyo
5. Subject Subject classification Shinto Studies
6. Description Abstract In earlier years Western ideas on Shinto were strongly influenced by “nativist” (kokugaku) ideas on the subject emanating from Japan and hence tended to showcase a very “essentialist” view of Shintō. This paper critiques various Western writers whose writings were typical of this approach. However the paper also explores how this attitude had a reverse influence on pre-war Japanese thinkers. This was especially the case with Hiraizumi Kiyoshi, a scholar who became a major figure in the production of the extreme imperialist ideology of the early Shōwa period. He was also a major source for discourses comparing the Japanese spirit to Nazi ideals, which were created mostly by contemporary German scholars. The origins of this process can be seen in Hiraizumi’s sojourns in Europe, especially in France, Germany and England, from 1930 to 1931.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Jul-2020
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.39482
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Exploring Shinto
16. Language English=en en
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