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Reader, Ian 1949-

Works: 37 works in 233 publications in 3 languages and 7,486 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Comparative studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
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Religion in contemporary Japan by Ian Reader( Book )
28 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 917 libraries worldwide
What role does religion play in contemporary Japanese society and in the lives of Japanese people today? Through a series of case-studies of religion in action - at crowded temples and festivals, in austere Zen meditation halls, at home and work, at dramatic fire rituals - it illustrates the immense variety, energy and colour inherent in Japanese religion while discussing the continued relevance and responses of religion in a rapidly modernising and changing society
Japanese religions : past and present by Ian Reader( Book )
26 editions published between 1991 and 2002 in English and held by 655 libraries worldwide
Each of the eight chapters deals with a specific topic, such as Shinto, Buddhism, the new religions, and Christianity; there is an introduction that outlines the subject to be considered followed by a series of readings
Religious violence in contemporary Japan : the case of Aum Shinrikyō by Ian Reader( Book )
21 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 436 libraries worldwide
"This study looks at Aum's claims about itself and asks why a religious movement ostensibly focused on yoga, meditation, asceticism, and pursuit of enlightenment became involved in violent activities. Reader places the sect in the context of contemporary Japanese religious patterns, discussing developments in Asahara Shoko's personality and teachings, Aum's millennialism and its developing hostility toward society, and compares Aum with other religious and political movements that turned to violence, both in Japan and elsewhere. He concludes that Aum is not unique, nor is it solely a political or criminal terror group. It must rather be analyzed as an extreme example of a religious movement which, largely due to its own religious characteristics, came into friction with the surrounding society and developed into violence."--BOOK JACKET
Practically religious : worldly benefits and the common religion of Japan by Ian Reader( Book )
20 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 414 libraries worldwide
Praying for practical benefits (genze riyaku) is a common religious activity in Japan. Despite its widespread nature and the vast numbers of people who pray and purchase amulets and talismans for everything from traffic safety and education success to business prosperity and protection from disease, the practice has been virtually ignored in academic studies or relegated to the margins as a uh_product of superstition or an aberration from the true dynamics of religion. Basing their work on a fusion of textual, ethnographic, historical, and contemporary studies, the authors of this volume demonstrate the fallacy of such views, showing that, far from being marginal, the concepts and practices surrounding genze riyaku lie at the very heart of the Japanese religious world. They thrive not only as popular religious expression but are supported by the doctrinal structures of most Buddhist sects, are ordained in religious scriptures, and are promoted by monastic training centers, shrines, and temples. Benefits are both sought and bought, and the authors discuss the economic and commercial aspects of how and why institutions promote practical benefits. They draw attention to the dynamism and flexibility in the religious marketplace, where new products are offered in response to changing needs. Intertwined in these economic activities and motivations are the truth claims that underpin and justify the promotion and practice of benefits. The authors also examine the business of guidebooks, which combine travel information with religious advice, including humorous and distinctive forms of prayer for the protection against embarrassing physical problems and sexual diseases. Written in a direct and engaging style, Practically Religious will appeal to a wide range of readers and will be especially valuable to those interested in religion, anthropology, Buddhist studies, sociology, and Japanese studies
Making pilgrimages : meaning and practice in Shikoku by Ian Reader( Book )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 320 libraries worldwide
This study involves a fourteen-hundred-kilometer-long pilgrimage around Japan's fourth largest island, Shikoku. In traveling the circuit of the eighty-eight Buddhist temples that make up the route, pilgrims make their journey together with Kobo Daishi (774-835), the holy miracle-working figure who is at the heart of the pilgrimage. Once seen as a marginal practice, recent media portrayal of the pilgrimage as a symbol of Japanese cultural heritage has greatly increased the number of participants, both Japanese and foreign. In this absorbing look at the nature of the pilgrimage, Ian Reader examines contemporary practices and beliefs in the context of historical development, taking into account theoretical considerations of pilgrimage as a mode of activity and revealing how pilgrimages such as Shikoku may change in nature over the centuries. This rich ethnographic work covers a wide range of pilgrimage activity and behavior, drawing on accounts of pilgrims traveling by traditional means on foot as well as those taking advantage of the new package bus tours, and exploring the pilgrimage's role in the everyday lives of participants and the people of Shikoku alike. It discusses the various ways in which the pilgrimage is made and the forces that have shaped it in the past and in the present, including history and legend, the island's landscape and residents, the narratives and actions of the pilgrims and the priests who run the temples, regional authorities, and commercial tour operators and bus companies. In studying the Shikoku pilgrimage from anthropological, historical, and sociological perspectives, Reader shows in vivid detail the ambivalence and complexity of pilgrimage as a phenomenon that is simultaneously local, national, and international and both marginal and integral to the lives of its participants. Critically astute yet highly accessible, Making Pilgrimages will be welcomed by those with an interest in anthropology, religious studies, and Japanese studies, and will be essential for anyone contemplating making the pilgrimage themselves. -- Back cover
Pilgrimage : a very short introduction by Ian Reader( Book )
4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 247 libraries worldwide
"Presents pilgrimage in a global and historical context. Using a wide range of examples, Reader explores how people take part in and experience their pilgrimages, and what they take back from their journeys, He concludes by examining why pilgrimages appear to be so popular in our increasingly secular age."--Front flap
The simple guide to Shinto by Ian Reader( Book )
12 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and Dutch and held by 202 libraries worldwide
Discusses the history of the Shinto religion in Japan, describing its origins, basic beliefs, rituals, and festivals, and its place in Japanese society
Japanese influences and presences in Asia by Ian Reader( Book )
15 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 191 libraries worldwide
As well as examining Japan's influences in Asia in economic and political terms, this volume also takes account of human factors - the presence of Japanese people, as workers, managers and visitors in Asian societies. Chapters look at the topic at both micro and macro levels
Pilgrimage in popular culture ( Book )
17 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 167 libraries worldwide
Specially commissioned studies of popular pilgrimages - East and West, past and present, religious and secular - ranging from Shikoku (Japan) to Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Kosovo (Yugoslavia), Glastonbury, Anfield (UK), Flanders Fields, Graceland, and military pilgrimages in the USA)
A poisonous cocktail? : Aum Shinrikyō's path to violence by Ian Reader( Book )
12 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 148 libraries worldwide
"The March 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subway system killed 12 people and injured thousands. Massive police raids and the subsequent investigation linked this attack (plus a variety of other criminal activities including murders) to Aum Shinrikyo, a small religious movement whose leader, Asahara Shoko had prophesied that Armageddon was at hand." "Ian Reader describes Aum's history, examines the various conflicts it was involved in, and discusses the contents of Asahara's sermons and prophecies. In so doing, he points to a combination of factors which together took Aum down a path of violence. Suggesting that the Aum case is not unique, he shows how it displays similarities with other cases of violence and conflict amongst religious and political movements in Japan and elsewhere."--BOOK JACKET
Pilgrimage in the marketplace by Ian Reader( Book )
16 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 121 libraries worldwide
The study of pilgrimage often centres itself around miracles and spontaneous populist activities. While some of these activities and stories may play an important role in the emergence of potential pilgrimage sites and in helping create wider interest in them, this book demonstrates that the dynamics of the marketplace, including marketing and promotional activities by priests and secular interest groups, create the very consumerist markets through which pilgrimages become established and successful - and through which the 'sacred' as a category can be sustained. By drawing on
Shinto by Ian Reader( Book )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 91 libraries worldwide
Offers an introduction to Shinto. This guide presents descriptions of the key concepts, beliefs and practices
Health-related votive tablets from Japan : ema for healing and well-being by Peter A. G. M. de Smet( Book )
3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 43 libraries worldwide
"Many Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan sell small wooden votive tablets (ema) which are meant to be left on a rack at the sanctuary. The reverse of these tablets offers space to send a self-written wish or personal thank you message to the enshrined deity or buddha. Their front usually has a pre-printed or hand-painted design that is indicative of the intended purpose. In this book hundreds of contemporary ema designs for health-related purposes are reproduced and placed into their religious and biomedical context. A final chapter explores why there are differences between these purposes and current epidemiological patterns. This is the first book in English on the long-standing tradition of ema."--Cover page 4
Sendatsu and the development of contemporary Japanese pilgrimage by Ian Reader( Book )
4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Pilgrimage in the marketplace / Ian Reader by Ian Reader( Book )
1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
A sintoizmus by Ian Reader( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in Hungarian and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Religion, conflict and the sacred mission : on understanding the violence of aum shinrikyo by Ian Reader( Book )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Identity and nationalism in the "new" New religions : buddhism as a motif for the new age in Japan by Ian Reader( Article )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
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