Japan?s Sexual Gods: Shrines, Roles and Rituals of Procreation and Protection??

Japan?s Sexual Gods: Shrines, Roles and Rituals of Procreation and Protection??

by Stephen Turnbull


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Japan's Sexual Gods is an authoritative and original work that describes the unique deities represented by sexual objects in certain Japanese shrines and temples. Hundreds of sexual shrines still exist in spite of previous repression and range from the Tagata Shrine with its well-known giant festival phallus to small obscure places. Many also contain female sexual imagery and some phalluses act in a protective role. The study is based on Observations of over 500 sexual sites including phallic festivals, many of which are modern inventions created purely for commercial reasons. The study makes an assessment of the place of sexual beliefs in modern Japan and includes almost 300 stunning original photographs, a glossary and a highly detailed map.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004288911
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/22/2015
Series: Brill's Japanese Studies Library , #49
Pages: 406
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Stephen Turnbull took his first degree at Cambridge and has MAs in Theology and Military History. His published PhD about Japan’s Kakure Kirishitan received the 1998 Japan Festival Literary Award. He is Visiting Professor at Akita International University.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

List of Illustrations xiii

List of Maps xxiii

1 Sexual beliefs in Japanese Religion 1

2 Encountering the Sexual in Japanese Culture 34

3 The Phallus in the 'Age of the Gods' 55

4 Phallic Beliefs and Mountain Deities 77

5 Sexual symbolism and Shinto Mythology 94

6 Erotic Gifts': The Votive Role of Sexual Objects 118

7 Ktenic Imagery in Japan's Sexual shrines 148

8 The Phallus as Kami: The Cult of Konsei Daimyojin 189

9 Hidden Buddhas and Sexual Gods 231

10 The Phallus at the Crossroads: Wayside Gods of Protection and Fertility 274

11 Continuity and Change in Japan's Phallic Festivals 324

12 Sexual Beliefs in Contemporary Japan 368

Glossary of Technical Terms 385

Bibliography 389

Index 398

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