immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)

Teaching Resources


Sacred Places

Worshippers at Akakura Mountain Shrine are oriented towards many sacred sites on the mountain and in the northern Tohoku region. These include:

Internet Resources on Sacred Places in Japan

Introduction to Sacred Sites in Japan

Goddesses of Mt. Fuji

This fascinating website contains passages from "Sacred Mountains of the World," by Edwin Baldwin, University of California Press, 1997, about Konohana Sakuya Hime, the principal goddess of Mount Fuji.

A Culture without Temple (Tsutomu Iyori)

A lovely, thought-provoking paper absract on ritualized processions over Okinawana/Ryukan landscapes, constituting sacred sites without temples as such. Students might wish to apply Iyori's insights to the Akakura case.



Website developed by Ellen Schattschneider (Brandeis University)