The Many Meanings of Iconoclasm: Warrior and Christian Temple-Shrine Destruction in Late Sixteenth Century Japan

@article{Strathern2020TheMM,
  title={The Many Meanings of Iconoclasm: Warrior and Christian Temple-Shrine Destruction in Late Sixteenth Century Japan},
  author={Alan Strathern},
  journal={Journal of Early Modern History},
  year={2020}
}
  • A. Strathern
  • Published 18 November 2020
  • History
  • Journal of Early Modern History
The conversion of certain warlords in Kyushu, Japan, (1560–1580 CE) represents one of the most important breakthroughs for Christianity in the early modern world, and it was accompanied by striking acts of destruction of the local sacred sites and objects. Yet shrine and temple destruction had already become a relatively commonplace feature of warfare in this period of internecine struggle, exemplified by the activities of Oda Nobunaga. How was the iconoclasm of Christian converts interpreted… 
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  • A. Strathern
  • Sociology
    Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
  • 2020
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