The Catalpa Bow: A Study in Shamanistic Practices in Japan

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Illustrations
between pages 192 and 193
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1 The holy mountain Ontake as shown in the Nikon Meisan Zue. Courtesy of Cambridge University Library
2 The holy mountain Musashi Mitake
3 Namahage, supernatural New Year guests
4 The mummy of Shinnyokai Shōnin
5 The Nachi waterfall as shown in the Nachisan Mandala
6 Haniwa miko from Okawamura, Gumma prefecture
7 Blind medium at Osorezan
8 The medium's rosary
9 Zaō Gongen
10 Eleven-faced Kannon by Enkū
11 Spirit boy with a collar of swords, from the Shigisan Engi
12 The boy enters the Emperor's palace
13 An ordeal in the course of the ascent of Mt Ōmine
14 Autumn retreat at Mt Haguro, arrival of the party
15 Autumn retreat at Mt Haguro, the ayaigasa hat
16 Autumn retreat at Mt Haguro, pilgrimage to Sankozawa

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Preface to the Third Edition 5
  • Preface to the Second Edition 7
  • Preface to the First Edition and Acknowledgements 9
  • Contents 15
  • Illustrations 17
  • 1 - The Bridge 19
  • 2 - The Sacred Beings 34
  • 3 - Witch Animals 51
  • 4 - The Other World 69
  • 5 - Ascesis 85
  • 6 - The Ancient Sibyl 104
  • 7 - The Living Goddess 127
  • 8 - The Blind Medium 140
  • 9 - The Ascetic's Initiation 164
  • 10 - The Visionary Journey 186
  • 11 - The Symbolic Journey 208
  • 12 - The Ascetic's Power 235
  • 13 - Village Oracles 252
  • 14 - Mountain Oracles 279
  • 15 - Exorcism 298
  • 16 - Conclusion 315
  • Appendix 317
  • Abbreviations 321
  • Select Bibliography 354
  • Additional Bibliography (Third Edition) 366
  • Glossary 368
  • Index 375
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