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New Religions in Japan

Reading Time: 7 minutes

We are back to something very dear to my study, religions and shamanism in Japan. Shamanism in contemporary Japan is a topic of interesting researches expecially among anthropologists and sociologists, and it is now widely connected to the developments of the so-called New Religions Movements, and the figures of the kyōso 教祖, their female charismatic founders

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Mokuren, Buddha and the other world
Culture tips, Field Journal

Itako, Buddha and the other world

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Itako are symbols of the popular, folk-religion; they have loose ties with institutional centers and established sects or schools. However, among the older generation there were some mythological references that linked the itako practices to the Buddhist pantheon, and to Shakyamuni himself. Again, this might end up being a little technical, but it represent a very interesting example of how religious practitioners hold some very significant creative power, so it might worth the reading!

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5 restaurants in Tokyo
Culture tips, Field Journal

5 Restaurants in Tokyo

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Christmas is over, 2017 is now here and we all had our share of food, am I right? Well, instead of talking you about gym, and how to lose those extra-pounds, I want to lead you in a new tour of some of my favorite Tokyo restaurants. These are a mix of traditional japanese food, italian and mexican cuisine that I came to love during my stay in Tokyo, so I hope you may love them too!

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5 paths to a different Japan
Culture tips, Field Journal

5 paths to a different Japan

Reading Time: 3 minutes

When you plan your trip to Japan, you usually start with the biggest cities, the popular spots, all those places you just can’t miss when you visit the country. Yes, coming to Japan and not seeing Kyoto may not be wise, but there are some unbeaten path you can add to your journey that will help you discover the other side of the moon.

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kegare in Japan
Anthropology, Culture tips

Kegare between power and discrimination

Reading Time: 8 minutes

A polluting person is always in the wrong. He has developed some wrong condition or simply crossed some line which should not have been crossed and this displacement unleashes danger for someone

Mary Douglas, Purity and Danger. An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo

In every culture, purity, impurity and pollution are concepts with important social implications that go beyond the simple concerns for health and hygene; they imply a more intricate relationship between different actors within a given social structure. Within these relationships, impurity is variously interpreted as the sign of divine rage, as a break in the social order, as a violation of the corporal borders or as the proof of uncertainty and of a threat against the community.

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kegare tra potere e discriminazione
Anthropology, Culture tips

Kegare tra potere e discriminazione

Reading Time: 9 minutes

A polluting person is always in the wrong. He has developed some wrong condition or simply crossed some line which should not have been crossed and this displacement unleashes danger for someone

Mary Douglas, Purity and Danger. An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo

 

Purezza, impurità e contaminazione sono, in ogni cultura, concetti con complesse implicazioni sociali che vanno al di là di semplici preoccupazioni per l’igiene e la salute; essi implicano una relazione più intricata tra differenti attori all’interno di una determinata struttura sociale. All’interno di queste relazioni, l’impurità è di volta in volta interpretata come un segno della rabbia divina, come una rottura dell’ordine sociale, come la violazione di confini corporali e come la dimostrazione di incertezza e di minaccia verso la comunità.

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