On Placating the Gods and Pacifying the Populace: The Case of the Gion "Goryō" Cult

  title={On Placating the Gods and Pacifying the Populace: The Case of the Gion "Goryō" Cult},
  author={Neil Mcmullin},
  journal={History of Religions},
  pages={270 - 293}
  • N. Mcmullin
  • Published 1 February 1988
  • History
  • History of Religions

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