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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast


Oct 20, 2014

In this episode we speak to Jesse Workman, Philosophy and Religious studies PhD candidate, about the interchange of ideas and religions in the ancient world, and how the early religions of Europe affected Asian thought and religion and vice versa by way of the Silk Road.  Also discussed are the insane distances ideas travelled long before international travel was available to most of the human population, the difficulty in tracing the sources and influences on ideas, and intentional and accidental biases that result when translating an idea, document, or religious work from one language into another.

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Recommended Reading:

Campbell, Joseph. The Masks of God, Vol. 3: Occidental Mythology Penguin Books (November 1, 1991)

 Eliade, Mircea. History of Religious Ideas, Volume 2: From Gautama Buddha to the Triumph of Christianity University of Chicago Press (January 15, 1985)

Jonas, Hans. The Gnostic Religion Beacon Press; 3rd edition (January 16, 2001)

Lloyd, Arthur. Shinran and His Works Forgotten Books (June 10, 2012)

Lloyd, Arthur. The Creed of Half Japan Forgotten Books (May 26, 2012)

Whaling, Frank. Theory and Method in Religious Studies

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