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Helen Hardacre


The aim of this book is to understand the history of an enduring ideal of Shinto. In this ideal, a divinely descended ruler governs through rituals for deities called Kami. A priestly order assists the sovereign by coordinating Kami ritual in shrines across the realm, so that shrine rites mirror the monarch’s ceremonies. Through the power of solemn rituals and joyous festivals, the priesthood unites the people with imperial rule. The Kami bless and protect the people, who attain their greatest self-realization through fulfilling their obligations to the collective. Through this theater of stat ... More

Keywords: Shinto, Kami, public versus private, indigenous religion of Japan, foreign versus indigenous, Kuroda Toshio, Ono Sokyō, Shinto history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190621711
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190621711.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Hardacre, author
Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions and Society, Harvard University