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Titel:Why are Korean village guardians exhibited in an institution managed by a Japanese new religion? The Intertwined Contexts of the Tenri University Sankōkan Museum
Autor:Liefert, Ferdinand
URN: urn:nbn:de:hebis:04-es2022-00906
DDC:100 Philosophie



Tenrikyō is one of the oldest of Japan’s ‘new religions’. Founded by Nakayama Miki in 1838, its main goal is to establish a joyous life which is granted by the god Tenri-O-no-Mikoto, which is believed to have revealed itself to Nakayama Miki. The architecture of the main Tenrikyō sanctuary in the city of Tenri is typical of the Tokugawa period; the music in Tenrikyō services is similar to Japanese court music, and one of Tenrikyō’s former leaders promoted Judo. As such, Tenrikyō and its educational institutions certainly engage in Japanese culture, and yet the Tenri University Sankōkan Museum’s 2001 catalogue prominently features Korean pillar statues. Why would a Japanese new religion like Tenrikyō display Korean pillar statues in its museum?

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