immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)


Teaching Resources

Akakura Mountain Shrine

Sacred Beings

Spiritual beings and personages venerated and honored at Akakura Mountain Shrine include:

Internet Sources on Sacred Beings (Shinto and Buddhist) in Japan

Japanese Buddhist Corner
This very helpful photo library and dictionary by Mark Schumacher documents images of divinities from Japanese Buddhist and Shinto traditions.  Of particular relevance to readers of Immortal Wishes are the pages on the Myo-o (wisdom kings), bodhisattva,   Kannonsama (the "Goddess of Mercy") and  Dragon images.

Glossary of Shinto Names and Terms
A helpful on line dictionary of Shinto terms, prepared by the Institute for Japanese Culture and Classics, Kokugakuin University

See especially the listings on:

Amaterasu Omikami

kami (divinities or spiritual beings)

Gongen (Avatar)

Japanese Mythology

(Covers both Buddhist and Shinto deities)



Website developed by Ellen Schattschneider (Brandeis University)