Bringing Zen Home : The Healing Heart of Japanese Women's Rituals

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-10-31
  • Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr

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Based on extensive fieldwork, Nature's Embrace reveals the emerging pluralization of death rites in postindustrial Japan. Low birth rates and high numbers of people remaining permanently single have led to a shortage of ceremonial caregivers (most commonly married sons and their wives) to ensure the transformation of the dead into ancestors resting in peace. Consequently, older adults are increasingly uncertain about who will perform memorial rites for them and maintain their graves. In this study, anthropologist Satsuki Kawano examines Japan's changing death rites from the perspective of those who elect to have their cremated remains scattered and celebrate their return to nature. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prologuep. xiii
Mapping the Terrainp. 1
The Way of Healing: Yudop. 29
Personal Buddhas: Living with Loss and Griefp. 65
Domestic Zen: Living Esoteric Wisdomp. 108
The Healing Power of Beautyp. 167
Revealing the Healing Realm of Zenp. 204
Notesp. 217
Kanji Glossaryp. 241
Bibliography of Sources Citedp. 245
Indexp. 255
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