Coverart for item
The Resource Practically religious : worldly benefits and the common religion of Japan, Ian Reader and George J. Tanabe, Jr

Practically religious : worldly benefits and the common religion of Japan, Ian Reader and George J. Tanabe, Jr

Label
Practically religious : worldly benefits and the common religion of Japan
Title
Practically religious
Title remainder
worldly benefits and the common religion of Japan
Statement of responsibility
Ian Reader and George J. Tanabe, Jr
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Praying for practical benefits (genze riyaku) is a common religious activity in Japan. Despite its widespread nature and the vast numbers of people who pray and purchase amulets and talismans for everything from traffic safety and education success to business prosperity and protection from disease, the practice has been virtually ignored in academic studies or relegated to the margins as a uh_product of superstition or an aberration from the true dynamics of religion. Basing their work on a fusion of textual, ethnographic, historical, and contemporary studies, the authors of this volume demonstrate the fallacy of such views, showing that, far from being marginal, the concepts and practices surrounding genze riyaku lie at the very heart of the Japanese religious world. They thrive not only as popular religious expression but are supported by the doctrinal structures of most Buddhist sects, are ordained in religious scriptures, and are promoted by monastic training centers, shrines, and temples. Benefits are both sought and bought, and the authors discuss the economic and commercial aspects of how and why institutions promote practical benefits. They draw attention to the dynamism and flexibility in the religious marketplace, where new products are offered in response to changing needs. Intertwined in these economic activities and motivations are the truth claims that underpin and justify the promotion and practice of benefits. The authors also examine the business of guidebooks, which combine travel information with religious advice, including humorous and distinctive forms of prayer for the protection against embarrassing physical problems and sexual diseases. Written in a direct and engaging style, Practically Religious will appeal to a wide range of readers and will be especially valuable to those interested in religion, anthropology, Buddhist studies, sociology, and Japanese studies
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Reader, Ian
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1943-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Tanabe, George J.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Japan
  • Reward (Theology)
  • Reward (Buddhism)
  • Reward (Shinto)
  • Goriyaku
  • RELIGION
  • TRAVEL
  • RELIGION
  • Reward (Buddhism)
  • Reward (Shinto)
  • Reward (Theology)
  • Japan
  • Beloningen
  • Boeddhisme
  • Sjintoïsme
Label
Practically religious : worldly benefits and the common religion of Japan, Ian Reader and George J. Tanabe, Jr
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-295) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Benefits in the religious system : settings and dynamics -- Scripture and benefits -- Buying out chance : morality, belief, and prayer -- The providers of benefits : gods, saints, and wizards -- The dynamics of practice -- Selling benefits : the marketing of efficacy and truth -- Guidebooks to practical benefits
Control code
ocm47011574
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 303 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585362762
Lccn
98004192
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824864002
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt668k25
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)47011574
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Practically religious : worldly benefits and the common religion of Japan, Ian Reader and George J. Tanabe, Jr
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-295) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Benefits in the religious system : settings and dynamics -- Scripture and benefits -- Buying out chance : morality, belief, and prayer -- The providers of benefits : gods, saints, and wizards -- The dynamics of practice -- Selling benefits : the marketing of efficacy and truth -- Guidebooks to practical benefits
Control code
ocm47011574
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 303 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585362762
Lccn
98004192
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824864002
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt668k25
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)47011574
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

Library Locations

    • Copley LibraryBorrow it
      5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA, 92110-2492, US
      32.771354 -117.193327
Processing Feedback ...