Sacred mountains where being of "Kami" is found

Yano, Kazuyuki (2008) Sacred mountains where being of "Kami" is found. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Since primeval days to date, the Japanese have regarded certain mountains as objects of worship believing that mountains are places where multitudinous gods reside. This belief in mountains as sacred places still lives on and is practiced in the Japanese traditional religion, Shinto, which is based on animism and ancestor worship. Today, this notion of sacredness is generally accepted and understood together with concepts from Chinese philosophies, such as Confucianism and Taoism, and Buddhism, which have evolved over a long time. In Japan, volcanoes or high, well-formed mountains, as well as smaller hills standing close to human settlements, were believed to be sacred places. This paper explores how temples and shrines have been intentionally situated in relation to such mountains in order to create the sacred place as a whole area.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Yano, Kazuyuki
Languages: English
Keywords: sacred places; mountains; intangible heritage; temples; shrines; kannabi; religion
Subjects: H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 19. Natural sites
O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 04. Asia and Pacific islands
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 19A. Places of religion and ritual
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Obama City, Japan; Hiraizumi, Japan
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2010 08:35
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2023 14:08
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