The Eagle and the Rising Sun: Americans and the New Religions of Japan

Robert S. Ellwood
Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1974

What is life like in the American wings of the well-known "new religions" of Japan? Think of Tenrikyo, with its beautiful sacred dances re-enacting the creation of the world; Nichiren Shoshu, famous for dynamic chants said to bring benefits here and now; Perfect Liberty, the so-called "golf religion" but offering much more in its advocacy of a balanced life; and several others. This book offers colorful first-hand descriptions of them as of the time of writing, amidst the post-1960s boom for religions new and old. Let me know what you think.

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