Date of Award

6-2004

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Robert Ullin

Second Advisor

Laura Spielvogel

Third Advisor

Stephen Covell

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

Makuya is a Japanese, interpretation of Christianity, which has sought both the Jewish origins of Christianity and also Japan's own historical, cultural, and spiritual connection to both Christianity and Judaism. This movement has provided it's practitioners with a supportive community of like-minded individuals who assist one another in coping with physical, emotional, and spiritual needs in a society (postwar WWII) that has down-played the importance of religion, and stressed the importance of economic growth at the expense of physical and mental health. Makuya, like other new religions, has offered an alternative to secular society and the established religions in Japan. Moreover, it has provided a context through which to understand traditional values, morals and 'meaning' within the modern world.

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