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Death and the Afterlife in Japanese Buddhism
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Death and the Afterlife in Japanese Buddhism

Jacqueline I. Stone and Mariko Namba Walter

Abstract

For more than a thousand years, Buddhism has dominated Japanese death rituals and concepts of the afterlife. This book, running chronologically from the tenth century to the present, brings to light both continuity and change in death practices over time. It also explores the interrelated issues of how Buddhist death rites have addressed individual concerns about the afterlife while also filling social and institutional needs and how Buddhist death-related practices have assimilated and refigured elements from other traditions, bringing together disparate, even conflicting, ideas about the dea ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, Japanese death rituals, afterlife, Buddhist death rites, rebirth, mortuary practice, funerary practice, Japan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832049
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832049.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacqueline I. Stone, editor
Princeton University

Mariko Namba Walter, editor
Harvard University

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