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Japan Research Centre

JRC Annual Tsuda Lecture

The Japan Research Centre's Annual Tsuda Lecture is sponsored through the generosity of Ms Kayoko Tsuda.  

The lecture takes place during the 7th week of term 2 (February).

The lecture is free and open to the public and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information contact the Centres and Programmes Office.

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'Give me Some Skin': The Cult of Datsueba in Medieval Japan

Bernard R Faure (Kao Professor of Japanese Religion, Columbia University)

Abstract


The medieval period in Japan saw the emergence of a number of new deities that blurred the traditional distinction between buddhas and kami. One of them was Datsueba, the old hag who takes the clothes of the dead as they cross into the other world. Through a discussion of that figure, I try to define a new category of deities, the so-called 'placenta deities,' and to provide a more complex vision of premodern Japanese religion.

25 February 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM