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Secrecy's PowerCovert Shin Buddhists in Japan and Contradictions of Concealment$
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Clark Chilson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838393

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838393.001.0001

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Secrecy Alters by Separating and Joining

Secrecy Alters by Separating and Joining

Dissimulation and Simulation in Urahōmon

(p.103) 3. Secrecy Alters by Separating and Joining
Secrecy's Power

Clark Chilson

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines how secrecy can create a separate identity for public display by focusing on the dissimulation and simulation strategies of the shinjingyōja of Urahōmon. In the 1880s an Urahōmon leader in Nagoya named Ōno connected his lineage to the Kūyadō. If outsiders came inquiring about the large gatherings at Ōno's residence or elsewhere, Ōno and his disciples could present themselves as devotees of Kūya affiliated with the Kūyadō. To see how dissimulation works for the shinjingyōja in Ōno's lineage and how it readily fits with their worldview, this chapter considers two key concepts in Urahōmon: omote and ura.

Keywords:   secrecy, dissimulation, simulation, shinjingyōja, Urahōmon, Ōno, Kūyadō, Kūya, omote, ura

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