IMAP Department of Philosophy

(Credit 2)
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Topics in Religious Practices and Beliefs I
Topics in Religious Practices and Beliefs I
Sub Title  Vernacular Figures in Japanese Religions
Assistant Professor Caleb CARTER
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2018 FallTerm
weekly Thu2
Ito A-102 Classroom
E科目 (English, English)
Course Overview This course focuses on various types of religious specialists in Japan’s history. Through the category of ‘vernacular,’ it emphasizes the orality, performance, hybrid practices, and localities of these figures. Throughout much of the twentieth century, the fields of Japanese religions and Buddhist studies more broadly privileged religion at the elite level: the Buddhist canon, state patronage, doctrine and philosophy, and so forth. Practice and the quotidian realm became the domain of “folk studies” (minzokugaku in Japan), a field with its own shortcomings, including the romanticization of its subjects and a lack of attention to historical change. Both fields have made significant improvements in recent decades, narrowing the perceived gap between ‘elite’ and ‘popular.’ This course explores recent research on religious practitioners whose social networks, ritual practice, knowledge systems, and livelihoods blur these categories. Class meetings center on a particular type of figure: street preachers, mountain ascetics, female mediums, diviners, etc. Our task will be twofold: 1) to study what role they played in society and 2) to evaluate previous scholarship on the topics at hand. Students will facilitate discussions, write brief weekly responses, and over the course of the semester, develop a research project of their own choice.
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授業形態(項目) 授業形態(内容)
Problem-Based Learning (問題発見・解決型学習)
Moodle の使用
Textbooks : Andreeva, Anna. Assembling Shinto: Buddhist Approaches to Kami Worship in Medieval Japan. 2017.
Sawada, Janine A. Practical Pursuits: Religion, Politics, and Personal Cultivation in Nineteenth-Century Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. 2004.
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1 Course Introduction
2 Theory & Approach
3 Street Preachers
4 Dancing Deities: Performing Kagura 神楽
5 Takasu Jinja for evening kagura Field
6 Female mediums (miko 巫女)
7 Proselytizing through Mandalas (mandara 曼荼羅)
8 Sōtō Zen monks
9 Mountain Ascetics (Medieval)
10 Mountain Ascetics (Early Modern)
11 Self-mummifying ascetics guest with guest Dr. Andrea Castiglioni (UC Berkeley)
12 Yin Yang Diviners (onmyōji 陰陽師)
13 Presentations of Research Projects
14 Assembling Shinto
15 Modern Divisions

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Study Consultation (Office Hours) : Office hours by appointment, Monday - Thursday
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かなり優れている 優れている 及第である 一層の努力が必要
MP_A-a [先行研究の理解]
MP_B1-a [一次資料の読解]
MP_B1-b [書誌の作成]
MP_B2-a [総合把握力]
MP_B2-b [理論的思考力]
MP_C-c [リーダーシップ]
GPA Evaluation
授業を通じて、総じて「かなり優れている」に相当する活動を行った。 授業を通じて、概ね「優れている」を超える活動を行った。 授業を通じて、「及第する」に相当する活動を行った。 授業を通じて、総じて「及第する」には達しないものの、それに近い活動を行った。 授業を通じて、「一層の努力が必要」の活動にとどまった。
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