Web materials on Japanese religion

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Religion-in-Japan provides basic information on the two main religions of Japan, Buddhism and Shinto, covering their history as well as their modern forms. It is meant as an introduction for students of Japanese or Religious Studies, but is also useful for general readers with an interest in Japanese culture. The handbook consists of seven thematic groups (or "chapters") that contain altogether 75 "main pages". It is planned for these main pages to remain more or less the same, augmented by a growing number of "side pages" that range from illustrations or short citations of original sources to detailed discussions of special topics. Thus, the "main pages" provide a general structure for the continually increasing number of "side pages". A glossary of Japanese terms including kanji, periodical tables, geographical maps and a detailed "side map" assist in the use of the handbook, and lists of web links and bibliographic references lead to additional sources of information.

Since about 2006, Religion-in-Japan has become one of the most popular online ressources on religion in the German speaking world.


In 2012 the wiki project Kamigraphie was established based on wikiweb database project experiments conducted within the frame of university classes since 2007. The spectrum of subjects is similar to that of Religion-in-Japan, though it includes more specific information and can be used as a basis for further research. Also, Japanese sources play a larger part. In general, the texts are written by students and are edited and organized by the project leader.


Languages: DE EN JP

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