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Teaching Ritual$
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Catherine Bell

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176452

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176452.001.0001

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 Teaching Ritual Propriety and Authority through Japanese Religions

 Teaching Ritual Propriety and Authority through Japanese Religions

(p.103) 7 Teaching Ritual Propriety and Authority through Japanese Religions
Teaching Ritual

John Nelson

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the author's teaching of valuable lessons about the historical uses of ritual that often do not appear in courses — for example, how Shintō symbolism could turn the Japanese emperor into a deity, evoking obedience and reverence from all his subjects. The chapter's author's course on Buddhism also stresses the role of ritual in propping up political power, which is demonstrated through an analysis of the ritual recitation of the Heart Sutra.

Keywords:   teaching, ritual, religious course, Japan, Buddhism, Shintō, emperor, diety

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