By Mark Teeuwen,John Breen

The Ise shrine advanced is between Japan's such a lot enduring nationwide symbols, and A Social heritage of the Ise Shrines: Divine Capital is the 1st e-book to track the heritage of the shrines from their beginnings within the 7th century till the current day. Ise enshrines the sunlight Goddess Amaterasu, the imperial ancestress and the main popular between kami deities, and has performed a necessary function in Japan's social, political and non secular historical past. the most well-liked pilgrims' appeal within the land from the 16th century onwards, in 2013 the Ise advanced once more captured the nation's cognizance because it underwent its periodic rebuilding, played as soon as each twenty years.

Mark Teeuwen and John Breen show that the Ise Shrines underwent drastic re-inventions due to on-going contestation among diversified teams of individuals in numerous old classes. They specialize in the brokers chargeable for those re-inventions, the character of the industrial, political and ideological measures they took, and the explicit recommendations they deployed to make sure that Ise survived one drawback after one other during its lengthy history.

This ebook questions significant assumptions approximately Ise, significantly the concept Ise has constantly been outlined by way of its imperial connections, and that it has continually been a domain of Shinto. Written by way of prime professionals within the box of Shinto reports, this is often the fundamental historical past of Japan's most important sacred site.

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