Protectors and Predators: Gods of Medieval Japan, Volume 2


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University of Hawaii Press
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7.7 X 1.5 X 10.1 inches | 3.79 pounds
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About the Author

Bernard Faure is Kao Professor in Japanese Religion at Columbia University.


This work is a monumental achievement. It is the most comprehensive study in English of Japanese medieval mythology and sacred pantheons of kami, Buddhas, bodhisattvas, wisdom kings, "bright" deities, animal spirits, embryological gods, gods of obstacles, and demons. . . . These two volumes should not only be on the shelves of any student or scholar of Asian religions, cosmology, or mythology, but also continually picked up and reread for rumination as much as for reference.-- "Religious Studies Review"
Bernard Faure makes use of his extensive knowledge and mastery of postmodern theories to describe the way in which the gods of Japan appear and function in medieval religion. In doing so, he succeeds in showing the fluid nature of the gods. . . . the significance of Faure's work lies in that it clarifies the importance of looking into the structural-psychological nature of cults, an aspect all too often overlooked by historians yet strongly needing its own spotlight of enquiry. There is no doubt that his viewpoints will have a profound and enduring impact on the study of Japanese Buddhism. Last but not least, the different chapters are superbly illustrated with high-quality images, some of which are extremely rare and difficult to acquire. This in itself is a remarkable achievement. Bernard Faure is currently preparing two more volumes in which he will undoubtedly share further valuable insights into the intricate web of the various gods of medieval Japan.-- "Journal of Japanese Studies"