ENDURING IDENTITIES. The Guise of Shinto in Contemporary Japan, by John K. Nelson. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2000, 324 pp., 5,271 yen (paper)

This incident took place at Kamo Wake Ikazuchi Jinja, more commonly known as Kamigamo Jinja, then and now one of the Japan’s most important and venerated Shinto shrines. “Enduring Identities” tells the story of this shrine. It is primarily aimed at the academic community, but is also of value for the general reader with an interest in Japanese culture. For, while its focus is on a single shrine, the author, John Nelson, who teaches anthropology and religion at the University of Texas, Austin, skillfully uses Kamigamo Jinja to explore a larger theme: the role of Shinto in contemporary Japan.

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