"The Japanese Religious Tradition" by Dr. Maeri Megumi

DateSeptember 10, 2015
Time3:30 - 4:30 pm
LocationOld Main 370 (followed by green tea reception in Old Main 271)
Description"Japanese religion includes various religious traditions such as Shinto, Buddhism and Confucianism, with Shinto often described as the “indigenous” religion of Japan. Compared to Christianity, it is quite different especially in terms of being polytheistic, syncretistic, and practice-centered. Since the introduction of Buddhism in the early 6th century, Shinto and Buddhism, along with other religious traditions, have coexisted and blended throughout the history of Japan. The Japanese people regularly go to Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, and may attend other religious activities without any feeling of conflict. Another puzzling fact is that the vast majority of the Japanese consider themselves “non-religious.” Why do the Japanese consider themselves “non-religious” when they seemingly engage in various religious activities? "

Dr. Maeri Megumi currently teaches Japanese at St. Edward's University. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a PhD in Asian Cultures and Languages in May 2014, specializing in modern Japanese literature with a secondary research interest in Japanese religion. Her research papers and past presentations include "Christianity and Modern Japanese Literature" and "Modern Christian Authors in Japan." She has researched works by Japanese authors such as Endo Shusaku and Akutagawa Ryuunosuke.

This open lecture is sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.
For questions, please contact the Japanese Program at Baylor University or Yoshiko_Gaines@Baylor.edu
Publisherzzz (Old) Modern Languages & Cultures
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