Shugendō in the Tokugawa period : Mount Ōmine as imaginary space and place of practice

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Shugendō is a Japanese tradition of mountain asceticism co-opted by the schools of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism. This study concentrates on one of the most historically important sites of the tradition, Mount Ōmine, and the stations along the annual, multiple-day 'mountain entry' ritual called the Northern Okugake. Working mainly with the tradition's primary texts, it demonstrates how the tradition reinvented the imaginary landscape, anchoring legends and cosmology onto the rocks, caves, and sources of water that composed the material landscape of the place. The dissertation demonstrates that Shugendō texts present us with a valuable view into Esoteric Buddhism that has been overlooked by scholars of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism in particular, and Japanese religions in general.


Type of resource text
Form electronic; electronic resource; remote
Extent 1 online resource.
Publication date 2012
Issuance monographic
Language English


Associated with Klonos, Georgios
Associated with Stanford University, Department of Religious Studies
Primary advisor Bielefeldt, Carl
Primary advisor Faure, Bernard
Thesis advisor Bielefeldt, Carl
Thesis advisor Faure, Bernard
Thesis advisor Harrison, Paul
Advisor Harrison, Paul


Genre Theses

Bibliographic information

Statement of responsibility Georgios Klonos.
Note Submitted to the Department of Religious Studies.
Thesis Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2012.
Location electronic resource

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© 2012 by Georgios Klonos
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).

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