READ BOOK ↠ The Samurai and the Sacred - by Stephen Turnbull #2020


  • Title: The Samurai and the Sacred
  • Author: Stephen Turnbull
  • ISBN: 9781846030215
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover

  • The Samurai and the Sacred By Stephen Turnbull The samurai were celebrated warriors, but they were also deeply spiritual men whose religious beliefs sustained and inspired their forays into battle In this entirely original work, Stephen Turnbull, a leading authority on Japanese history and author of than 50 books, reveals the soul of the samurai in a thoughtful exploration of the religions and philosophies that mThe samurai were celebrated warriors, but they were also deeply spiritual men whose religious beliefs sustained and inspired their forays into battle In this entirely original work, Stephen Turnbull, a leading authority on Japanese history and author of than 50 books, reveals the soul of the samurai in a thoughtful exploration of the religions and philosophies that motivated them Drawing inspiration from all manners of belief systems from Japan s mainstream religions of Shinto and Buddhism, to Confucianism, Christianity, and Folk Religion the samurai were fascinating men who often valued their honor above their livesE SAMURAI AND THE SACRED is strikingly illustrated with lavish Japanese prints and vibrant photographs A provocative study, it includes chapters on martial arts, modern militarism, the cult of the sword, revenge, suicide, hara kiri and kamikaze pilots THE SAMURAI AND THE SACRED is a compelling read that provides insight into Japanese culture, philosophy, and warfare.
    Stephen Turnbull
    Stephen Richard Turnbull is British a historian specializing in eastern military history, especially the samurai of Japan His books are mainly on Japanese and Mongolian subjects He attended Cambridge University where he gained his first degree He currently holds an MA in Theology, MA in Military History and a PhD from the University of Leeds where he is currently a lecturer in Far Eastern Religions He has also written a number of books on other medieval topics.

    The Samurai and the Sacred By Stephen Turnbull

    Commentaires:

    Everitt
    Stephen Turnbull is famous for his pop history regarding the samurai, ninja and other military oriented aspects of Japanese history But his training is actually in Japanese religious history And in this book he explores, in a non academic and very accessible to the layman, the ways in which the samurai class Japanese nobles, some of whom carried swords, but by 1703 were mainly employed as bureaucrats so efficient they could make the European Union envious of the Tokugawa Shogunate interacted wit [...]

    Anne Beardsley
    Not bad, I suppose But I found it neither deep enough nor shallow enough and it really needed to pick one or the other.Let me explain Some books aren t a full scholarly tour of a subject, but are bubbling with fascinating details and interesting anecdotes odd practice in this town, a belief in this one, a carving on this temple s ceiling, etc.Other books go really deeply into their subject matter, giving you a wonderful, concrete understanding.This book did neither It was too general, too much o [...]

    Artur Alves
    As another commenter noted, this book is about the history of religious belief in Japan, rather than a monograph on samurai religion Of course, both aspects blend together in most sections, which makes for a very interesting read if you are keen in Japanese culture Reading this book requires some attention to Japanese family clan and individual names, as some of them crop up in different chapters The same goes for deities, shrines, temples, sects, and so on There is a lot of detail and a wealth [...]

    Robert Mccarthy
    I found this book very informative and pleasantly neutral on its topic As a young man considering military service himself but fighting an inner war with his own chosen religious beliefs Zen Buddhism and his conscience political beliefs patriotic conservatism I found this book provided some needed perspective The chapter Zen and the Samurai being the best, as relating to how a nonviolent philosophy like Zen Buddhism can exist hand in hand with the war like ethos of the Samurai A must read for an [...]

    Trevor Kew
    For someone fascinated with Japanese history, this book was a really good way to approach the complex world of Japanese mythology and religion Because the religious explanations focused on connections to pragmatic real world events i.e wars, power struggles, real places , it was much easier to make sense of the variety of beliefs, institutions and practices that have made up the religious landscape of Japan over the past two millennia Turnbull does it again

    Traci
    I wish we could give half stars on reviews because I am really torn between five stars and four stars The only real downfall of this book is that it is a little long and gets a bit tedious at the end Lovely illustrations

    Kenneth Kirk
    This is a very good insight into the evolution of the Japanese character and how this evolution relates to the Japan we in the U.S saw during WW II.

    Chris Cangiano
    Excellent introduction to the development and practice of the various religious traditions in Japan Beautifully illustrated as well Recommended

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