Introduction to Japanese New Religions
Dates: July 10, 2023 - July 14, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm for 3 Hours
Studies of Japanese religious organizations and reformist movements founded during the late 19th and early 20th century form the locus classicus for the study of “new religions” worldwide. With millions of members, thousands of facilities, and even political parties, Japan’s new religions are a vital, dynamic facet of religious activity in Japan today. This course introduces descriptive studies of several key organizations that have shaped Japan’s complex contemporary religious landscape, and explores theoretical topics within the field, including gender, conversion, secrecy, charisma, scandal, modernity, and material culture. Students will learn to work with a conceptual toolset for understanding the founders, followers, practices, and teachings of Japan’s new religions.
Available in-person & online.