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dc.contributor.advisorDrott, Edward Robertsonen_US
dc.contributor.authorWaters, Diamante
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2012 Thesesen_US
dc.date.issued2012
dc.date.submitted2012 Summeren_US
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on November 5, 2012).en_US
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Professor Edward Drotten_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionM.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2012.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Religious studies.en_US
dc.description"July 2012"en_US
dc.description.abstractBuddhism has long been praised and viewed as religion that embraces other faiths without compromising itself or the other religion. In history, Buddhism has been thought to meld with the indigenous traditions it encountered harmoniously and with little tension. However, though Buddhist rhetoric seeks to give this impression, under the surface a colonialist attitude can be found. In Japan, this takes form in the lowering and subsequent elevation of indigenous gods (kami). As Buddhism gained power in Japan, Buddhist deities and methods came to be seen as ways to control and subjugate the unruly indigenous gods. From the Nara to the Kamakura period indigenous gods had to regain their status by working their way up the Buddhist eschatological ladder to eventually gain the title of suijaku, emanation of a Buddha. Even with this title however, kami were seen as inferior to their Buddhist counterparts, with few exception. This study analyzes ritual and literary texts from the Nara-Kamakura periods to show the tension between the status of kami and Buddhist deities during these periods. These texts show that kami remained subject to the rule of Buddhist deities despite the awarding of impressive sounding titles and the rhetoric of hongaku which expressed equality of essence. These findings suggest that throughout history Buddhism has not been as egalitarian as it seems, and its rhetoric should be reevaluated for its colonialistic tendencies.en_US
dc.format.extentiii, 48 pagesen_US
dc.identifier.otherWatersD-073012-T502
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/15975
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartof2012 Freely available theses (MU)en_US
dc.subjecthonji suijakuen_US
dc.subjectindigenous godsen_US
dc.subjectBuddhismen_US
dc.subjectcolonialistic tendenciesen_US
dc.titleInequality in the rhetoric of Buddhist-kami relationsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineReligious studiesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineReligious studieseng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US


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