Gastvortrag: "Shinto, Buddhism and 'The Oracles of the Three Shrines'"
Gastvortrag von Prof. Brian Bocking
Ort: Religionskundliche Sammlung Marburg, Seminarraum Religionswissenschaft
Prof. Brian Bocking (Cork University, Irland)
The term “The Oracles of the Three Shrines”, or in Japanese sanja takusen, refers to an important motif painted or printed on hanging scrolls showing three divinities and – usually – a short oracular text. This motif has been popular in Japan from the 15th century until today. A study of “The Oracles of the Three Shrines” can provide a means of understanding facets of and developments in Japanese religion over six centuries without over-dependence on our modern understandings of the terms ‘Buddhism’ and ‘Shintō’. In particular, since the sanja takusen is an identifiable element of mainstream Japanese religiosity which survived the massive changes in religious history following the Meiji restoration in late 19th century, a study of the sanja takusen scrolls can illuminate issues of continuity and change in Japanese religion.
The sanja takusen and their religiously significant history in Japan are documented in Brian Bocking’s book published in 2001 and will be the content of his lecture in Marburg. The guest lecture is part of the programme accompanying the current Special Exhibition in the Religionskundliche Sammlung (Museum of Religions) on everyday religious life in Japan where four sanja takusen scrolls are shown.