queenie! …..academia rummage sale?

(to borrow that turn of phrase from solipsistful.)

i have been Hunting books and went back through every queenie comment on this dang wordpress and the library has a whopping one of them. and it’s not requestable or a reference book somehow. D:(i miss being at an actual university…hopefully i will work for one soon *_*)  (actually, can i like. go into a university library on a weekend. maybe i can’t check anything out but. hmmm)

so here are all the relevant books our public library actually has, do you recognize any as Decent or Awful?  (no pressure, and also i figure i’ll err towards recent and by actual japanese people in general)

General Japan and Religion:

  • Religions of Japan in Practice — Tanabe 1999
  • Japanese Religions: past and present  — Ian Reader 1993
  • Religion in Contemporary Japan –- Ian Reader 1991  [already snagged this one]
  • On Understanding Japanese Religion — Kitagawa 1987
  • Japanese Mythology — Piggott 1983
  • Japanese Religion: A survey by the Agency for Cultural Affairs 1981
  • Japanese Religion in the Modern Century -– Murakami 1980
  • Folk religion in Japan; continuity and change — Hori, Kitigawa, Miller 1968
  • The Rise of a Pagan State: Japan’s Religious Background — Young 1939 [in storage]

Shinto:

  • The Simple Guide to Shinto — Ian Reader 1998
  • A Popular Dictionary of Shinto — Bocking 1997
  • Sacred Texts of the World: a universal anthology — Smart, Hecht 1982 [Shinto texts]

Buddhism/Soka Gakkai:

  • The star spangled Buddhist: Zen, Tibetan, and Soka Gakkai Buddhism and the quest for enlightenment in America — Ourvan 2013
  • Soka Gakkai: from lay movement to religion — Dobbelaer 2001
  • Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism — Causton 1989
  • New religious movements: A documentary reader –- Daschke, Ashcraft 2005 [Soka Gakkai section]

Oumu Shinrikyo

  • Underground — Haruki Murakami 2001 [Oumu Shinrikyo]
  • The cult at the end of the world: the terrifying story of the Aum doomsday cult, from the subways of Tokyo to the nuclear arsenals of Russia — Kaplan 1996 [Oumu Shinrikyo]

Other Sects/Japanese NRMs:

  • The nine dimensions: unveiling the laws of eternity –- Okawa 2012 [Happy Science]
  • Dojo: Magic and Exorcism in Modern Japan — Davis 1980 [Sukyo Mahikari]

Okinawan/Ryukyuan or Ainu Religion:

  • Okinawan Religion: belief, ritual, and social structure –- Lebra 1985
  • People from the Sky: Ainu tales from northern Japan — Carpenter 1972 [rare children’s book]

General NRM Books:

  • Historical Dictionary of New Religious Movements — Chryssides 2012
  • Odd Gods: new religions & the cult controversy — Lewis 2001
  • Contemporary Religious Ideas — Lundin 1996
  • Sects, ‘Cults’ & Alternative Religions: a world survey and sourcebook — Barrett 1996

Women and Spirituality Books:

  • The religious history of American women: reimagining the past –Brekus 2007
  • In our own voices: four centuries of American women’s religious writing — Keller, Ruether 1995
  • Radical Spirits is the one that is oddly NOT REQUESTABLE nor reference, wtf. why this.

New Age and Pagan Books (because sure):

  • New Age Encyclopedia: a guide to the beliefs, concepts, terms, people, and organizations that make up the new global movement toward spiritual development, health and healing, higher consciousness, and related subjects — Melton, Clark, Kelly 1990
  • Voices From the Pagan Census: a national survey of witches and neo-pagans in the United States — Berger, Leach, Shaffer 2003
  • Which Witch Is Which?: a concise guide to wiccan and neo-pagan paths and traditions– Telesco 2005

also, for the curious, especially as i Rawr about universalizations, what i’ve been reading so far is:

  • Finding Your Religion: when the faith you grew up with has lost its meaning — McLennan 1999 [this is the culprit. this is the one. i HATE this book with its linear-faith-stages and its “we’re all climbing the same mountain to the same peak, just pick a path, but don’t forge your own that’s silly” i hate it]
  • The Nones are Alright: a new generation of believers, seekers, and those in between — Oakes 2015  [i wish this was better?? it fell very prey to “our culture is so very secular” annnd to faith paths being similar, even as it tried to create space for permanent ambivalence.  i mean, just see the “in between” binary of the title]
  • Raised Right: how I untangled my faith from politics  [awful. politically, narratively awful. oh wow you found poverty and learned to be moderate, congratulations]
  • Vows of Silence: a true story of a survivor’s triumph over rape, teenage suicide, and religious abuse — Michael 1993  [very… “if you hate God you were programmed with a false concept of God and it’s damaged your self-esteem, but you’ll love the real God :)”]
  • Inside/Outside: one woman’s recovery from abuse and a religious cult — Hayworth 2013  [bless this book, it was perfect, it wasn’t preachy, it was super relatable, it was very I-statements, thank you book]
  • i don’t remember the rest? the Little Atheist Book of Spirituality that was dull, Voices of Secular Humanism that was also dull.  Coming Out Spiritually was super cis dude and blech. i have a few books on atheism, and on homeschooling, and Winell on religious trauma
  • also this article with its shitty “atheism is political, look how LGB* folks organized just around sga!! *leaving out trans folks because that complicates things” no shit, maybe the thing in common was something else ahem.

sorry for publishing early and editing for like ten minutes oops i’m done now WAIT NO I LIED:

so yeah, atheist shinto is actually mega-appealing?????  (i mean, reading the history of how folks were purists and nationalists and oppressive about it and stuff is…bad.  “it’s not a religion, it’s an ethic, so it’s perfectly legal to mandate its observance” yeah bad.  but YK.)  whiiiiiiniiing about essences of things and energies and metaphors and stories and casual rituals and shrine stuff being nbd.  want. 😦

….an hour later: wait what there’s a million online articles :0000  …..double wait, i need an EBSCO login??? what is thiiiiiiiisssss >:((((  …..still only one article on taireido.  uggghhhhhhh

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6 thoughts on “queenie! …..academia rummage sale?

  1. queenieofaces says:

    Hello, yes, you called?

    (Also, if you give me your email address there’s a pretty good chance I can get you copies of some more recent books/pretty much any article you desire.)

    Way too much commentary on books below:

    Religions of Japan in Practice — Tanabe 1999
    Japanese Religions: past and present — Ian Reader 1993

    I don’t think I’ve read either of these (I may have read the Reader in undergrad?), but I’ve read other stuff they’ve written. My guess is that they’ll be fine as introductory studies.

    Religion in Contemporary Japan –- Ian Reader 1991 [already snagged this one]

    Read it. It’s fine, although it’s a bit out of date at this point. It’s also very much an overview.

    On Understanding Japanese Religion — Kitagawa 1987

    Haven’t read it.

    Japanese Mythology — Piggott 1983

    Haven’t read it, but Piggott tends to be pretty solid.

    Japanese Religion: A survey by the Agency for Cultural Affairs 1981

    Haven’t read it but I would skip it.

    Japanese Religion in the Modern Century -– Murakami 1980

    Haven’t read it.

    Folk religion in Japan; continuity and change — Hori, Kitigawa, Miller 1968

    Oh, I’ve definitely read parts of this. It’s dated, although there isn’t much on the same topic that’s more recent. Carmen Blacker’s The Catalpa Bow is probably worth looking at if you can get a copy.

    The Rise of a Pagan State: Japan’s Religious Background — Young 1939 [in storage]

    I haven’t read it but my guess is that it will be TERRIBLE.

    The Simple Guide to Shinto — Ian Reader 1998
    A Popular Dictionary of Shinto — Bocking 1997
    Sacred Texts of the World: a universal anthology — Smart, Hecht 1982 [Shinto texts]

    Haven’t read any of these, but I would skip guides/dictionaries, because my guess is that it’ll be a lot of technical terminology. If you can, get a copy of Philippi’s translation of the Kojiki. It’s hard to get a hold of, though, because it’s out of print. (I’m really curious which “Shinto texts” are included in that Smart + Hecht book.) You also might look and see if they have a copy of Sources of Japanese Tradition? It’s a lot of primary sources in translation and has some religion-related stuff, if my memory serves.

    The star spangled Buddhist: Zen, Tibetan, and Soka Gakkai Buddhism and the quest for enlightenment in America — Ourvan 2013
    Soka Gakkai: from lay movement to religion — Dobbelaer 2001
    Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism — Causton 1989
    New religious movements: A documentary reader –- Daschke, Ashcraft 2005 [Soka Gakkai section]

    Haven’t read any of these. First one sounds interesting, though. Be aware that writing on Soka Gakkai can often be…hmm…politically fraught. There are some scholars who are…on Soka Gakkai’s payroll, shall we say, and then there are others who just want to TAKE DOWN THE EVIL CULT, so. Send me an email and I’ll tell you who to avoid? :’D

    Underground — Haruki Murakami 2001 [Oumu Shinrikyo]

    I’ve read sections. It’s good.

    The cult at the end of the world: the terrifying story of the Aum doomsday cult, from the subways of Tokyo to the nuclear arsenals of Russia — Kaplan 1996 [Oumu Shinrikyo]

    Haven’t heard of it and it’s from 1996, which makes me think you should skip it. Pick up Reader’s Aum book if you want a readable introduction. The volume Kisala edited on Aum is also good, although that presumes some knowledge of the incident.

    The nine dimensions: unveiling the laws of eternity –- Okawa 2012 [Happy Science]

    …you should probably skip this since it’s Happy Science doctrine, not an academic study.

    Dojo: Magic and Exorcism in Modern Japan — Davis 1980 [Sukyo Mahikari]

    NO. NO NO NO. DON’T. Everyone will tell you to read it but YOU SHOULD NOT. (In general, I would skip A LOT of the classic studies of NRMs.)

    Okinawan Religion: belief, ritual, and social structure –- Lebra 1985
    People from the Sky: Ainu tales from northern Japan — Carpenter 1972 [rare children’s book]

    Don’t know these. Lebra’s name sounds familiar, though.

    Aaaaand don’t know any of the others.

    Also worth noting: A lot of the studies with Japanese names attached are translations of Japanese monographs, which means that the study will be even older than the publication date listed. A good example is Grassroots Fascism, which JUST came out in English (and is worth reading if you’re interested in WWII and total war), but is actually a study from the 1980s?

    Anyway, if you get access to a university library I can deluge you with more recommendations (I have a list of 100+ books I have to read for my examinations) but I will hold off for now.

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    • Smart & Hecht:
      Kojiki’s preface
      Nihongi – birth of Amaterasu
      Kojiki – creation of divine ancestors
      Kokutai ni Hongi – harmony between humankind and nature
      Nihongi – the shrine in Izumo
      Imperial Rescript 1/1/1946 separating Shinto and state
      Kokutai ni Hongi – purity and awe
      Imperial Rescript on Education 10/30/1890

      uses Chamberlain’s 1932 trans. of Kojiki, Aston’s 1896 trans. of Nihongi, Gauntlett’s 1949 trans. of Kokutai ni Hongi, and suggests Tsunoda + Bary + Keene 1958 Sources of Japanese Tradition

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      • queenieofaces says:

        Haha, oh my god, Chamberlain’s trans. of the Kojiki. It’s. Uh. Well, it’s a reading experience. Aston’s is pretty much the only trans. of the Nihongi, as far as I know, so that’s expected.
        Would that imperial rescript separating Shinto and the state be The Shinto Directive or the Declaration of Humanity? (Given the timing, I assume the latter.)

        SO, HIRUKO. In some versions he comes back and is like, “HEY GUYS, REMEMBER HOW YOU DITCHED ME OR WHATEVER? ANYWAY, I’M BACK AND I’M gonna be a cool kami of good fortune. *thumbs up* *becomes Ebisu*”
        There’s also some speculation that Amaterasu was originally Hirume and her brother was Hiruko (and the sun kami), but somewhere along the line she took her brother’s role and her brother was interpolated with the leech child. That’s the justification for Amaterasu wearing “men’s” clothes in her confrontation with Susanoo. (There’s a lot of interesting stuff to say about gender in Shinto! Especially since spirit possession tends to do interesting things to gender, but modern Shinto has disavowed most of the shamanic stuff, which means that they have these bits that they don’t really know what to do with!)

        (Also “really interesting and there’s like nothing” is a very good description of the majority of the Kojiki. Did you read the section where Izanagi inexplicably takes peaches off a tree and then defeats an army with the peaches in a single sentence, no explanation?)

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