A Social History of the Ise Shrines: Divine Capital by Mark Teeuwen,John Breen

By Mark Teeuwen,John Breen

The Ise shrine complicated is between Japan's such a lot enduring nationwide symbols, and A Social historical past of the Ise Shrines: Divine Capital is the 1st ebook to track the heritage of the shrines from their beginnings within the 7th century till the current day. Ise enshrines the solar Goddess Amaterasu, the imperial ancestress and the main admired between kami deities, and has performed an essential position in Japan's social, political and non secular heritage. the preferred pilgrims' allure within the land from the 16th century onwards, in 2013 the Ise complicated once more captured the nation's cognizance because it underwent its periodic rebuilding, played as soon as each twenty years.

Mark Teeuwen and John Breen display that the Ise Shrines underwent drastic re-inventions because of on-going contestation among various teams of individuals in numerous ancient classes. They specialise in the brokers answerable for those re-inventions, the character of the industrial, political and ideological measures they took, and the categorical concepts they deployed to make sure that Ise survived one difficulty after one other during its lengthy history.

This ebook questions significant assumptions approximately Ise, particularly the concept that Ise has consistently been outlined by means of its imperial connections, and that it has continuously been a domain of Shinto. Written by way of prime specialists within the box of Shinto experiences, this can be the basic historical past of Japan's most vital sacred site.

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