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A Shinto Shrine Turned Local: The Case of Kotohira Jinsha Dazaifu Tenmangu and its Acculturation on O‘ahu.

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Title:A Shinto Shrine Turned Local: The Case of Kotohira Jinsha Dazaifu Tenmangu and its Acculturation on O‘ahu.
Authors:Crum, Richard M.
Contributors:Religion (Asian) (department)
Date Issued:May 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:This project examines the institution of Hawai’i Kotohira Jinsha Dazaifu Tenmangu in
Honolulu as an example of a New Religious Movement. Founded in Hawai`i, the shrine
incorporated ritual practices from Sect Shinto customs brought to the islands by Japanese
immigrants. Building on the few available scholarly studies, I hypothesize that while
Hawai`i Kotohira Jinsha Dazaifu Tenmangu takes the ritual conduct, priestly training, and
the festival calendar from a Japanese mainland style of Shinto, the development of the
shrine since its foundation in 1920 to the present reflects characteristics of a New
Religious Movement. Elements such as the location of the shrine outside of Japan,
attendee demographics, non-traditional American and Hawaiian gods included in the
pantheon, the inclusion of English as the lingua-franca during festivals and rituals, and
the internal hierarchy and structure (both political and physical) lend to the idea of
Hawaiian Shinto being something unique and outside of the realm of Sect, Shrine, or
State Shinto in Japan.
Description:M.A. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/62775
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Appears in Collections: M.A. - Religion (Asian)


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