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Bonds of the Dead: Temples, Burial, and the Transformation of Contemporary Japanese Buddhism

Mark Michael Rowe

Abstract

Despite popular images of priests seeking enlightenment in snow-covered mountain temples, the central concern of Japanese Buddhism is death. For that reason, Japanese Buddhism's social and economic base has long been in mortuary services—a base now threatened by public debate over the status, treatment, and location of the dead. This book explores the crisis brought on by this debate and investigates what changing burial forms reveal about the ways temple Buddhism is perceived and propagated in contemporary Japan. It offers an account of how religious, political, social, and economic forces in ... More

Keywords: priests, enlightenment, mountain temples, japanese buddhism, mortuary services, burial forms, japanese temple buddhism, japan, funerary practices, funerary Buddhism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226730134
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226730165.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Michael Rowe, author