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Weaving and Binding: Immigrant Gods and Female Immortals in Ancient Japan

Michael Como


Among the most exciting developments in the study of Japanese religion over the past two decades has been the discovery of tens of thousands of ritual vessels, implements, and scapegoat dolls (hitogata) from the Nara (710–784) and early Heian (794–1185) periods. Because inscriptions on many of the items are clearly derived from Chinese rites of spirit pacification, it is now evident that previous scholarship has mischaracterized the role of Buddhism in early Japanese religion. This book argues that both the Japanese royal system and the Japanese Buddhist tradition owe much to continental ritua ... More

Keywords: Japanese religion, Nara period, early Heian period, Buddhism, yin and yang, animal sacrifice, spirit quelling, Japanese islands, sectarian Shinto, buddha

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780824829575
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824829575.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Como, author
Columbia University