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New Undergraduate Course Supplement 2018

REL 19.31 Religions of Japan

This course examines the historical development of the various religious traditions of Japan, from prehistoric to contemporary times. While prehistoric artifacts indicate what early Japanese religion may have looked like, the bulk of Japanese history features interactions between native, local Japanese practices and beliefs and the influence of continental traditions such as Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and geomancy. Here, we will consider how the Japanese have adapted, combined, and redefined religious traditions over the centuries while interrogating what the word “religion” means within the context of each religion, sect or locality. Open to all.

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