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The Fluid PantheonGods of Medieval Japan, Volume 1$
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Bernard Faure

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839338

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839338.001.0001

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Twists and Turns

Twists and Turns

Pantheons, Structures, Beyond and In Between

(p.23) 1 Twists and Turns
The Fluid Pantheon

Bernard Faure

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines methodological issues related to the structuralist approaches as they may apply to the Japanese pantheon. The main argument is that, while the structuralist method can be useful up to a point, it must be used in combination with other theoretical (“post-structural”) approaches inspired by the Actor-Network Theory.

Keywords:   Buddhist mythology, structuralism, post-structuralism, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Georges Dumézil, Gilles Deleuze, Bruno Latour, Actor-Network Theory

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