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Homa VariationsThe Study of Ritual Change across the Longue Durée$
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Richard K. Payne and Michael Witzel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199351572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351572.001.0001

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The Structure of Japanese Buddhist Homa

The Structure of Japanese Buddhist Homa

(p.126) The Structure of Japanese Buddhist Homa
Homa Variations
Musashi Tachikawa
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This chapter is based on the dualism of sacred and profane as explicated by Mircea Eliade. The ritual sequence of homa in Japan moves from the profane to the sacred, a transition made more complex by the continuing dynamic mediation between the two states, rather than a simple transition from one to the other. Additional nuance is added to this dualism by the way in which the chapter introduces the categories of pure and impure. These do not simply matching the oppositional categories of sacred and profane, but rather operate across those two categories. It also discusses the relation between individual, subjective experience and collective experience in the context of ritual performance.

Keywords:   Mircea Eliade, sacred and profane, pure and impure, subjective experience, collective experience

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