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dc.contributor.authorAdolphson, Mickeyen
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-05T12:39:54Z
dc.date.available2018-09-05T12:39:54Z
dc.date.issued2018-05-01en
dc.identifier.issn2077-1444
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/279335
dc.description.abstractThis article asks what religious violence is and why it is relevant. It questions common assumptions by focusing on how monastic violence unfolded in premodern Japan. It argues that there was nothing that set this particular form of violence apart in terms of what the clerics fought for, their ideological justification, who fought, or how they fought. Although myths prevail on the largely fictive figure of the so ̄hei, or “monk-warriors,” closer scrutiny indicates that their depiction first emerged as a coherent literary concept in the early Tokugawa period. Regarding the ideological framework in which incidents of so-called monastic violence took place, the paper demonstrates that the individuals involved in such conflicts—including the clerics—cannot be dissociated from their own socio-historical context. This is because the medieval Japanese setting was based on rules of cooperation that also implied competition among various elites. The paper further complicates our understanding by showing that the central issue is not why specific violent events involving clerics occurred, but rather what constituted the mental framework—or mentalité—of the age, and how it allowed religious institutions to play such a prominent role.
dc.publisherMDPI AG
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.titleDiscourses on religious violence in premodern Japanen
dc.typeArticle
prism.issueIdentifier5en
prism.publicationDate2018en
prism.publicationNameReligionsen
prism.volume9en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.26713
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-04-26en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.3390/rel9050149en
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-05-01en
dc.contributor.orcidAdolphson, Sven [0000-0001-9671-3619]
dc.identifier.eissn2077-1444
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen


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