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Japanese religions facts: who are the itako shamans?

Japanese religions are an interesting topics, being so rich in variations and local traditions; I know, I already discussed this topic plenty, but honestly I think I didn't quite give you a proper introduction...

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Osorezan, the buddhist hell mountain in Northern Japan
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Field 2012, Field Journal, Japan Culture facts

Japanese folklore facts: The Osorezan and the spirits of the dead

Talking about Japanese folklore facts, I can't but share with you my experience at the Mt. Osore, and the tradition connected to the spirits of the dead. If you remember when we talked about...

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Discover spiritual Mt. Iwaki in Tohoku, Japan
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Anthropology facts, Field 2014, Field Journal, Japan Culture facts

Japanese popular religions: the kamisama of the mountains

You know I am in love with Japanese popular religions, and I could meet different kamisama in my travels. The second kamisama I could meet was an older woman who lives with her daughters...

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Kimura-san. Discover spirituality and shamanism in Japan
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Anthropology facts, Field 2014, Field Journal, Japan Culture facts

Japanese popular religions: the kamisama of the north

Tōhoku area witnessed the development of a different form of shamanism and japanese popular religions, characterized mainly by the fact that here we have sighted persons (in some case also male practitioners)  called kamisama カミサマ, kamisanカミサン,...

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