Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation

Lafcadio HEARN (1850 - 1904)

Greece-born Lafcadio Hearn (1850 - 1904) spent decades of his life in Japan, even marrying a Japanese woman, thus becoming a Japanese citizen by the name of Koizumi Yakumo (小泉 八雲). He wrote many books on Japan, especially about its folklore. In this posthumously published book, he takes a closer look at Japan's religious history: How it developed from ancient beliefs into Shintoism, resisted suppression attempts by both Buddhism and Christianity and how – despite efforts to westernise Japan during the era known as Meiji Restoration – it remained the basis for Japanese society. Even today, over 100 years after this book was written, some of the described traditions and fundamental ideas still exist. (Summary by Julia Niedermaier)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, History, Religion

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Difficulties Julia Niedermaier
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Play 02 Strangeness and charm Julia Niedermaier
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Play 03 The ancient cult Julia Niedermaier
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Play 04 The religion of the home Julia Niedermaier
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Play 05 The Japanese family Julia Niedermaier
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Play 06 The communal cult Julia Niedermaier
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Play 07 Developments of Shinto Julia Niedermaier
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Play 08 Worship and purification Julia Niedermaier
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Play 09 The rule of the dead Julia Niedermaier
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Play 10 The introduction of Buddhism Julia Niedermaier
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Play 11 The higher Buddhism Julia Niedermaier
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Play 12 The social organization Julia Niedermaier
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Play 13 The rise of the military power Julia Niedermaier
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Play 14 The religion of loyalty Julia Niedermaier
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Play 15 The Jesuit peril - Part 1 Julia Niedermaier
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Play 16 The Jesuit peril - Part 2 Julia Niedermaier
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Play 17 Feudal integration Julia Niedermaier
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Play 18 The Shinto revival Julia Niedermaier
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Play 19 Survivals Julia Niedermaier
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Play 20 Modern restraints Julia Niedermaier
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Play 21 Official education Julia Niedermaier
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Play 22 Industrial danger Julia Niedermaier
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Play 23 Reflections Julia Niedermaier
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Play 24 Appendix: Herbert Spencer's advice to Japan Julia Niedermaier
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