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Title: Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation
Publisher: MacMillan, New York
Publication Date: 1904
Binding: Decorative Cloth
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Edition: 4th Printing
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As long as Japan's religious practices remain obscured and misunderstood, it will be impossible to interpret the country's art, history or even industry, argues the author of this work. After all, Milton, Dante and even Shakespeare can only be fully understood by those with a knowledge of Western religion. By analysing Japan's religion in depth, the author seeks to uncover what has long been hidden from Western view and to pave the way to a clearer understanding of Japanese life. The book includes sections on Ancestor-worship, the Communal Cult, the development of Shinto, Buddhism, social organisation, military power, loyalty, the Jesuits and many other topics.About the Author:
Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (27 June 1850 – 26 September 1904), known also by the Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo, was an international writer, known best for his books about Japan, especially his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories. He was born in and named for the island of Lefkada, one of the Greek Ionian Islands. He worked as a reporter for the Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, working for the newspaper from 1872 to 1875. During the autumn of 1877, he left Cincinnati for New Orleans, where he lived for nearly a decade. In 1890, He went to Japan with a commission as a newspaper correspondent, which was quickly terminated. It was in Japan, however, that he found a home and his greatest inspiration.
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