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Anthropology, JST Video

Anthro 101 | What is cultural anthropology?

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Hi everyone, I am back with one new video (for a brand new series) dedicated to anthropology.
This is going to be a challenging experiment for me, because talking about anthropology means to analyze the origin of this discipline, its developments and how it interacts, today, with the rest of human sciences and politics.

However, I am thrilled to give it a try, and today I want to begin with a brief intro, a very first definition, a quick answer to the question “What is anthropology?”

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Religion in Japan
Anthropology, Culture tips, JST Video

Religion in Japan – a brief Intro

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Concerning Japan, the term, shūkyō 宗教 (religion) has a very complex history, which is closely connected with the relationship between modern Japan and the West. Before the encounter with the western colonial powers, different terms were commonly employed, such as o michi  道, (via, way, system, as in, Shintō, “The way of the Gods”), while we have no proper equivalent for the European and American notion of religion, nor the aristotelic logic that led to the non-contraddiction principle: therefore, rather than interpret different thought systems as irreconciliable, such background favoured the compromise, the similarities and the shared elements.

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