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Religion in Japan: Unity and Diversity

by Andrew Lee

Staff Writer

This fifth edition of the classic textbook “Religion in Japan” has been completely rewritten by author H. Byron Earhart to give greater coverage to the modern period, such as changes in marriage and death rites, and to widen the field of research into belief systems to include mainstays of modern Japanese pop culture, and the country’s obsession with Disneyland.

Religion in Japan: Unity and Diversity, H. Byron Earhart, WADSWORTH CENGAGE

The new section on “alternative realities” is particularly interesting, with Earhart postulating that the worlds depicted in many anime, manga and games are “similar to the cosmos depicted in scriptures and myths.”