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Start on Japanese Religion unit

by: Brooke Kaufman

Start on Japanese Religion unit Rel 1000

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Here is Tuesday's notes starting our Japanese unit in religion. We had a snow day Thursday, so there was no class for me to take notes on
Religion 1000
Professor Riggs
Class Notes
Japan, shinto, religion, Buddhism, kami, izanagi, izanami, hapanese religion
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Date Created: 02/25/16
Religion 1000 Tuesdays and Thursdays 2­3:40  Japanese  Japan is an island  Religion today o Saying: “Born Shinto, Marry Christian, Die Buddhist” o The number of people who adhere to this add up to twice the population of Japan  (meaning people consider themselves more than one religion) o 90% of families visit family graves each year o 75% have Buddhist alter or Shinto shrine in home o 2/3 believe in “higher power” o 30% believe in particular religion o 13% find religion trustworthy  Buddhism o 4 noble truths o Eightfold path o Conditioned arising o Sangaku: Three Learnings (The Eightfold Path simplified)  #1­2: wisdom  #3­5: moral virtue   #6­8: meditation o Buddhism was given as a gift from the King of Paekche (Korea) in 553 or 538;  they were trying to get an ally  o Originally understood as new teachings of indigenous dieties  o Chinese elite culture o Potent form of magic/thaumaturgy (wonderment) – impotance of ritual  Shinto o Creation myth of Japan o Stories of kami o Izanami (female) and Izanagi (male) o Definition: “The way of the dieties” o Yao Yorozu no Kami = 8 million kami (dieties)  i.e. they believe there are an infinite number of dieties o Tsumi (sin/transgression)  Internal and external  Mix with Buddhism = stress on internal  Kegare: pollution   Myth Lesson o Death = dangerous o Positive worldview (life will triumph) o Emphasis on purity o Emphasis on ritual


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