Title : Myth and Deity in Japan : The Interplay of Kami and Buddhas
Author : Kamata Toji
Publisher : Japan Publishing Foundation for Culture
ISBN : 9784916055842
Shinto is a tradition native to Japan that arose naturally on the eastern fringe of the Eurasian continent and was woven over many years into the fabric of people's everyday lives. When Buddhism entered the country in the sixth century, the two religions-rather than competing with or seeking to marginalize the other--coalesced, embracing many other folk deities as well to create a singular combinatory religious culture that continues to permeate Japan's cultural life today. This English translation of a book originally written in Japanese by one of the country's most knowledgeable, penetrating.