HDS 3811

Japanese Folk Religion

Helen Hardacre


This conference course is an introduction to the study of Japanese folk religion, popular religious life carried on largely outside the frameworks of Buddhism, Shinto, and other religious institutions. The course aims to interrogate the idea of folk religion and its viability as a field of study within Japanese religions and within contemporary society. In its first half, the course examines the traditional rubrics and topics in the literature on Japanese folk religion. In the second half, the course turns to changes in folk religious life brought about through tourism and the appropriation of folk religious motifs by such contemporary media forms as animé and manga.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: No
Jointly offered as Japanese History 117


0.50 credits
Fall 2012
Wed 1pm-3pm
FAS CGIS Knafel Room K107

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • East Asian Religious Studies
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • East Asian Religions
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None