Religious Studies | Religions of Japan
R357 | 3784 | McRae


This course is an introductory survey of religious movements in Japan, from ancient times to the present.  We will discuss a wide
range of religious phenomena, including the oldest myths about the founding of the Japanese state and the earliest evidence for folk
religion there; the introduction of Buddhism from China and the formation of Shinto: the development of Buddhist schools from
ancient times up to the present; the emergence of Shinto as a self-consciously independent tradition in modern times; the shared
patterns with the diverse range of "new religions" in modern and contemporary Japan; and the role of religion in contemporary
Japanese life.