Special Issue "Chinese Influences on Japanese Religious Traditions"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 September 2021) | Viewed by 10793
The vast extent and diversity of Chinese influences on the development of Japanese religious culture is widely acknowledged by scholars and laypeople alike, but is not necessarily well understood, especially in Anglophone scholarship. Apart from some studies of specific Buddhist and Confucian traditions and their transplantation and adaptation to Japan, as well as a few recent works on the transmission and synthesis of Daoist traditions in Japan, little has been done to examine and analyze the myriad pathways by which Chinese cultural traditions have impacted the history and present-day situation of Japanese religions.
The purposes of this Special Issue are (1) to provide an overview of the historical and contemporary connections between Chinese and Japanese religious cultures, (2) to offer multidisciplinary analyses of instances of Chinese influence on the development of Japanese religious traditions, especially the understudied role of Chinese influence on Shintō and popular religion in Japan, and (3) to foster collaboration between Sinologists and Japanologists engaged in the study of religions.
Particularly welcomed are high-quality papers with a focus on:
- The theoretical problem of identifying “Chinese” influences on Japanese culture;
- Japan as both recipient and agent in the religious “Sinosphere”;
- Material instances of Chinese influence on Japanese religious culture;
- Intersections between Chinese traditions and Japanese constructions of gender, sexuality, and the body;
- The phenomenon of “Orientalism” in Japanese appropriations of Chinese religious culture;
- The role of Chinese immigration in shaping Japanese religious culture;
- The “second lives” of Chinese religious texts and vocabularies in Japan;
- Shintō as a synthetic tradition with Chinese roots/influences;
- Japanese popular religion and its relationship to Chinese popular religion and/or sectarian traditions;
- Japanese Buddhism as transmitter of non-Buddhist Chinese traditions;
- Chinese influences on new religious movements in Japan.
Prof. Dr. Jeffrey L. Richey
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- Japanese religions
- Sino–Japanese relations
- East Asian religions
- Japanese Buddhism
- Chinese religions