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Artistic Representations of Urban Shamans in Contemporary Japan

Texts, Inter-actions and Efficacy

Silvia Rivadossi    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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abstract

This paper will investigate how the Japanese urban shamanic actor and role is constructed and represented by artists in different texts. Three case studies – writer Taguchi Randy, contemporary artist Mori Mariko, and musician Sugee – will be presented to illustrate the processes of re-appropriation of terms and themes in the contemporary narrative on urban shamans. The use of the word shāman – with new meanings attached – and the role of connecting humans with other-than-human entities – and especially with nature – will be analysed. Moreover, the connection to the so-called ‘new spirituality’ will be emphasized.

Published
Dec. 6, 2018
Accepted
Sept. 13, 2018
Submitted
July 6, 2018
Language
EN

Keywords: New spiritualityUrban shamanismShamanContemporary Japan

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