Some in as Shown Problems of Classification Religious in the History Sociology of Tenri Kyokai WILLIAM H. NEWELL AND FUMIKO DOBASHI International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan I. Introduction THE typology of religion in Japan has only just started. The popular classification is Buddhist, Shinto and other cults depending on the different historical origin of the various groups and on the different hierarchical systems. The difficulty lies in the position of the believer who is frequently a member of all three cults simultaneously at different periods of the life cycle. As a member of his village, he receives the right to elect a representative to the village shrine and as a member of his family, he receives the right to belong to a particular Buddhist cult whose priest will perform the necessary death ceremony. He his life. The question of usually exercises both rights continuously throughout whether a Japanese citizen is a member of one, two or more religions at the same time seems to be a purely academic one, of no interest to the Japanese layman himself. Another popular form of classification among Japanese scholars is bein practice is an extween traditional and "new" religions. The distinction difficult
Journal of Asian and African Studies (in 2002 continued as African and Asian Studies) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1968
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