This succinct and balanced overview of Japanese religions covers Japanese beliefs including Shinto, Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism. Written in an accessible and informative style, and assuming no prior knowledge on the part of the reader, this book gives a basic introduction to each faith's history, beliefs, and practices, emphasising modern developments and impacts of the world today.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Early Historical Developments - introduction to the teachings of Shinto, Buddhism, and Confucianism 3. The Early Modern Period - introduction of Christianity, closure of the country, and the fate of the various religious groups 4. Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 5. Contemporary Religious Practices 6. Japanese Religions in the New Millennium
Timeline and map Glossary Pronunciation Guide List of Major Holidays and Festivals Suggestions for Further Reading