The Fox And The Jewel: Shared And Private Meanings In Contemporary Japanese Inari Workship by Karen A. SmyersThe Fox And The Jewel: Shared And Private Meanings In Contemporary Japanese Inari Workship by Karen A. Smyers

The Fox And The Jewel: Shared And Private Meanings In Contemporary Japanese Inari Workship

byKaren A. Smyers

Paperback | May 1, 1998

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This book describes the rich complexity of Inari worship in contemporary Japan. It explores questions of institutional and popular power in religion, demonstrates the ways people make religious figures personally meaningful, and documents the kinds of communicative styles that preserve the appearance of homogeneity in the face of astonishing factionalism.
Title:The Fox And The Jewel: Shared And Private Meanings In Contemporary Japanese Inari WorkshipFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.94 × 6.2 × 0.71 inPublished:May 1, 1998Publisher:University Of Hawaii PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0824821025

ISBN - 13:9780824821029

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The wide appeal of the deity Inari in Japanese culture and religion dates back to the 8th century. In The Fox and the Jewel, Karen A. Smyers examines the uncentered way Inari is worshipped today, showing that despite the lack of a central force anchoring the practice, its strength and prevalence is profound. Smyers looks the symbols of the Fox, a shape-shifter, and the Jewel, the wish-granter, in the context of modern Japanese society. This insightful and scholarly study is in a paperback edition.