Ascetic Ressentiment: Historical Consciousness and Mountain Politics in Northeastern Japan

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Jason Danely

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  • Everyone




In this talk, Dr. Dahl will discuss competing streams of historical consciousness in Mount Haguro, a sacred mountain in northeastern Japan known for its mountain ascetic traditions. Applying the notion of ressentiment (historical alienation) to the longue dureé of religious history in Mount Haguro, he demonstrates how contemporary conflicts in the mountain ascetic community are rooted not only in a historic rift between Shintō and Buddhism in the early Meiji period, but in a greater dynamic at play in Japanese religious history between nativism and cosmopolitanism. Dr. Dahl was also featured in the documentary "The Buddha Mummies of North Japan" which will be available to view for pre-registrants five-days before the event. In addition to Shayne's talk, we will also have a discussion about making an ethnographic documentary with mummies.

This event is part of the Europe Japan Research Centre seminar series. For more information on the Centre activities go to