Episode 86 – The Way of the Gods, Part 2

This week we move into Japan’s imperial period; what was the relationship between Shinto and a government which claimed its legitimacy in part from an emperor descended from one of the kami? What was the reality of “State Shinto”, and who really led the charge to integrate church and state in Japan? All that and more, this week!

Listen to the episode here.

Sources

Breen, Jon and Mark Teeuwen. A New History of Shinto.

Hardacre, Helen. Shinto and the State.

Jansen, Marius. The Making of Modern Japan.

Images (Courtesy of the Wikimedia Foundation)

Haibutsu Kishaku ("Cast down the Buddhas and Destroy Shakamuni") was a violently anti-Buddhist reaction in the early Meiji Period. The Japanese government did not formally push for the destruction of Buddhism but did little to stop it either.
Haibutsu Kishaku (“Cast down the Buddhas and Destroy Shakamuni”) was a violently anti-Buddhist reaction in the early Meiji Period. The Japanese government did not formally push for the destruction of Buddhism but did little to stop it either.
This print depicts the Meiji Emperor, his wife Empress Shoken, and his imperial ancestors (human and divine alike).
This print depicts the Meiji Emperor, his wife Empress Shoken, and his imperial ancestors (human and divine alike).
The original Tokyo Shokonsha (what would later become Yasukuni Shrine), constructed in 1869 to honor the souls of those who had died in the Boshin War.
The original Tokyo Shokonsha (what would later become Yasukuni Shrine), constructed in 1869 to honor the souls of those who had died in the Boshin War.
A delegation of Hitler Youth visit Yasukuni, 1938.
A delegation of Hitler Youth visit Yasukuni, 1938.
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