Home > Catalogo > Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale > 54 | Supplemento | 2018 > Artistic Representations of Urban Shamans in Contemporary Japan
cover
cover

Artistic Representations of Urban Shamans in Contemporary Japan

Texts, Inter-actions and Efficacy

Silvia Rivadossi    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

VIEW PDF DOWNLOAD PDF

abstract

This paper investigates how Japanese urban shamanic actors and their roles are constructed and represented by artists in different texts. Three case studies – writer Taguchi Randy, contemporary artist Mori Mariko, and musician Sugee – are 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 – are analysed. Moreover, the connection to the so-called ‘new spirituality’ is emphasised.

Pubblicato
06 Dicembre 2018
Accettato
13 Settembre 2018
Presentato
06 Luglio 2018
Lingua
EN

Keywords: New spiritualityContemporary JapanUrban shamanismShaman

Copyright: © 2018 Silvia Rivadossi. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.