Title

“Frogs Looking Beyond a Pond: Shinra Myojin in the East Asian Mediterranean Network” in The Sea and the Sacred in Japan: Aspects of Maritime Religion

Document Type

Chapter in a Book

Publication Date

2018

Abstract

This chapter presents the history and characteristics of Shinra Myōjin, an important god in Tendai Buddhism, within the framework of its international network connecting central Japan with China and Korea. The cult of this deity, related to mountain gods protecting Buddhist monasteries in medieval China, was brought to Japan in the ninth century and thrived first in relation to the communities of immigrants from the Korean peninsula in Japan and later as a “naturalized,” native god.

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