publication . Article . 2021

Constructing and Contesting the Shrine: Tourist Performances at Seimei Shrine, Kyoto

Mia Tillonen;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2021 Journal: Religions, volume 12, page 19 (eissn: 2077-1444, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
Abstract
<jats:p>Japanese Shinto shrines are popular pilgrimage sites not only for religious reasons, but also because of their connections to popular culture. This study discusses how tourism is involved in the construction of the shrine space by focusing on the material environment of the shrine, visitor performances, and how the shrine is contested by different actors. The subject of the study, Seimei Shrine, is a shrine dedicated to the legendary figure Abe no Seimei (921–1005), who is frequently featured in popular culture. Originally a local shrine, Seimei Shrine became a tourist attraction for fans of the novel series Onmyōji (1986–) and the movie adaptation (2001...
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free text keywords: shinto shrine, popular culture, tourist performances, material religion, Pilgrimage, Consumer society, Visitor pattern, History, Tourist attraction, Aesthetics, Legend, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Popular culture, Tourism, lcsh:Religions. Mythology. Rationalism, lcsh:BL1-2790
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