Death and Social Order in Tokugawa Japan: Buddhism, Anti-Christianity, and the Danka System

@inproceedings{Hur2007DeathAS,
  title={Death and Social Order in Tokugawa Japan: Buddhism, Anti-Christianity, and the Danka System},
  author={Nam-lin Hur},
  year={2007}
}
Buddhism was a fact of life and death during the Tokugawa period (1600-1868): every household was expected to be affiliated with a Buddhist temple, and every citizen had to be given a Buddhist funeral. The enduring relationship between temples and their affiliated households gave rise to the danka system of funerary patronage. This private custom became a public institution when the Tokugawa shogunate discovered an effective means by which to control the populace and prevent the spread of… CONTINUE READING