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The rousing drum : ritual practice in a Japanese community, Scott Schnell

Label
The rousing drum : ritual practice in a Japanese community
Title
The rousing drum
Title remainder
ritual practice in a Japanese community
Statement of responsibility
Scott Schnell
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Ritual is too often equated with unvarying or repetitive behavior. This impression is encouraged by the ethnographic tendency toward an overly narrow time frame, which highlights current relationships and conditions rather than long-term developments. The Rousing Drum takes a different view. It adopts a historical perspective encompassing several hundred years in exploring the role of ritual as an effective medium for negotiating sociopolitical and economic change. The setting is Furukawa, a town located in Japan's mountainous interior. Every spring the local Shinto shrine festival provides an opportunity for enacting social relationships and attitudes. By day, a portable shrine containing the spirit of the guardian deity is escorted through town in a stately procession. At night, however, a different scenario unfolds. A barrel-shaped drum is borne through the nighttime streets on a massive grid-like platform. Prominent members of the community are obliged to ride upon the platform, while teams of young adults rush out and attack it as it passes through their respective neighborhoods. The action can become quite unruly, and random fights and injuries are accepted as inevitable correlates. In analyzing the festival over time, Schnell reveals a dramatic transformation. The drum ritual, which originated as a minor preliminary to the other events, emerged during the late 1800s as an occasion for airing hostilities and settling scores. As Japan's modernization progressed, the ritual performance came to embody a symbolic challenge to institutionalized authority, and occasionally escalated into politically motivated violence. While the religious ceremonies observed during the day were appropriated by local power holders, the nighttime drum ritual represented a folk response to the officially sanctioned liturgy. The festival as a whole thus represented the clash of competing ideologies within the context of a single public forum. Today's ritual, rather tame by comparison, is being transformed into a tourist attraction aligned with the town's economic development objectives. Schnell's careful examination of the ethnohistorical data offers a valuable new perspective on Japanese festivals as well as the events and conditions that influence their development. His innovative look at ritual behavior over time persuades us that we can grasp the underlying significance of such activities only if we consider them within the context of larger historical patterns
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digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1954-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Schnell, Scott
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Japan
  • Festivals
  • HISTORY
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Festivals
  • Manners and customs
  • Japan
  • Riten
  • Tambour
  • Rites et cérémonies
  • Fêtes
  • Japon
Label
The rousing drum : ritual practice in a Japanese community, Scott Schnell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-350) 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
  • 6. Origins and Early Development
  • 7. Authority, Resistance, and Ritualization
  • 8. From Symbolism to Instrumentality
  • 9. Commodification
  • 10. Ritual, Change, and Agency
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the Author
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Ethnological and Historical Perspectives
  • 2. Matsuri as Communal Ritual
  • 3. Territorial and Collective Identities
  • 4. Furukawa Matsuri: Performance
  • 5. Furukawa Matsuri: Mobilization
Control code
ocm45843001
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 363 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824864996
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824864996
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62t935
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)45843001
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
The rousing drum : ritual practice in a Japanese community, Scott Schnell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-350) 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
  • 6. Origins and Early Development
  • 7. Authority, Resistance, and Ritualization
  • 8. From Symbolism to Instrumentality
  • 9. Commodification
  • 10. Ritual, Change, and Agency
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the Author
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Ethnological and Historical Perspectives
  • 2. Matsuri as Communal Ritual
  • 3. Territorial and Collective Identities
  • 4. Furukawa Matsuri: Performance
  • 5. Furukawa Matsuri: Mobilization
Control code
ocm45843001
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 363 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824864996
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824864996
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62t935
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)45843001
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.

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