Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage - Michael Pye

Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage - Michael Pye

Going Round to Other Divinities

Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage - Michael Pye

Michael Pye [+-]
Marburg University, (Emeritus) and Otani University
Michael Pye is Professor (emeritus) at Marburg University and a visiting Research Associate of Ōtani University in Kyōto. His writings have ranged widely over problems in the study of religions, studies in Buddhist thought and many aspects of contemporary Japanese religion. His major publications include Skilful Means and Emerging from Meditation.


This chapter looks first at Buddhist pilgrimage in the wider field of Japanese religion. The Seven Gods of Good Fortune (shichifukujin) are among the most accessible of all the divinities in Japan and their individual shrines, usually of relatively modest size, are places at which visitors perform a simple devotional visit. The chapter then turns to the phenomenon of circulatory pilgrimages made to a specific number of Shintō shrines and to patriotic shrine pilgrimages associated with sites at which the imperial household is held in particular reverence. It looks at the example of a pilgrimage in Tokyo round linked Shintō shrines known as Hassha Fukumairi (Good Fortune Visit to Eight Shrines) as well as other Shintō shrine circuits.

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Pye, Michael . Going Round to Other Divinities. Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 141-180 Feb 2015. ISBN 9781845539177. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24524. Date accessed: 03 Jun 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24524. Feb 2015

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