THE IDEOLOGY OF LANDSCAPE AND THE THEATER OF STATE : INSEI PILGRIMAGE TO KUMANO (1090-1220)

@article{Moerman1997THEIO,
  title={THE IDEOLOGY OF LANDSCAPE AND THE THEATER OF STATE : INSEI PILGRIMAGE TO KUMANO (1090-1220)},
  author={D. Max Moerman},
  journal={Japanese Journal of Religious Studies},
  year={1997},
  volume={24},
  pages={347-374}
}
  • D. Moerman
  • Published 1 November 1997
  • History
  • Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
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