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Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation

Gelesen von Julia Niedermaier

(4,808 Sterne; 13 Bewertungen)

Greece-born Lafcadio Hearn (1850 - 1904) spent decades of his life in Japan, even marrying a Japanese woman, thus becoming a Japanese citizen by the name of Koizumi Yakumo (小泉 八雲). He wrote many books on Japan, especially about its folklore. In this posthumously published book, he takes a closer look at Japan's religious history: How it developed from ancient beliefs into Shintoism, resisted suppression attempts by both Buddhism and Christianity and how – despite efforts to westernise Japan during the era known as Meiji Restoration – it remained the basis for Japanese society. Even today, over 100 years after this book was written, some of the described traditions and fundamental ideas still exist. (Summary by Julia Niedermaier) (13 hr 58 min)

Chapters

Difficulties

5:45

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Strangeness and charm

23:43

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The ancient cult

21:45

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The religion of the home

35:36

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The Japanese family

43:28

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The communal cult

46:56

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Developments of Shinto

45:22

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Worship and purification

38:42

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The rule of the dead

46:10

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The introduction of Buddhism

40:03

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The higher Buddhism

42:21

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The social organization

57:52

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The rise of the military power

40:10

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The religion of loyalty

35:24

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The Jesuit peril - Part 1

32:43

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The Jesuit peril - Part 2

37:41

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Feudal integration

41:06

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The Shinto revival

22:11

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Survivals

20:48

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Modern restraints

41:06

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Official education

41:43

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Industrial danger

22:47

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Reflections

41:12

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Appendix: Herbert Spencer's advice to Japan

13:44

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Bewertungen

Japan -- A Thorough Impretation

(4,5 Sterne)

This book was a major diversion from my usual listening routine. The mind of this sociologist combines with a historian and person deep philosophical understanding of a society that drew upon old Greek and Roman knowledge of gods and society as well modern German, English, and American writers. The book is written by a true scholar. Julia N's reading was unblinkingly professional and her Japanese and English language skills are commendable. Julia's native language was not English and sometimes I didn't recognize some pronunciations for a split second. The book, subject and reader are to be commended and recommended.

Remarkable book

(5 Sterne)

I came back from a recent trip to Japan fascinated by its culture and history. This excellent book goes into considerable detail on the history, culture and religions of the Japanese. It certainly gave me a much better understanding of this unique society. The author is a deep thinker whose ideas and knowledge on Japan stem from his many years lived in Japan. I highly recommend it and give especial thanks to Julia for her clear and precise reading.