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Protectors and Predators: Gods of Medieval Japan, Volume 2

Bernard Faure


This book suggests that the gekokujō (“the world turned upside down”) model that informed and transformed medieval Japanese society also applied, mutatis mutandis, to the religious sphere. It therefore emphasizes the role played by certain deities that have been until now treated as marginal, while remaining relatively silent about the traditional protagonists of Japanese religion (the great buddhas like Dainichi and Amida, and kami like the Sun-goddess Amaterasu). It also de-centers traditional Japanese religious history by shifting the focus from purely Japanese Buddhist figures to their Ind ... More

Keywords: Syncretism, devas, deities, Buddhism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824839314
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839314.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Faure, author
Columbia University