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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast


Follow your hosts on a trek into Japanese history, from ancient Japan to the end of the Samurai and all points in between - culture, warfare, literature, and interviews. Simply stated, our mission is to bridge the gap between the popular and the academic, and to bring the world of academic Japanese history accessible to a wider audience through discussion of topics and authors in an informative but informal manner. We encourage those listeners who want to know more to seek out works by the historians and authors we reference and interview, and to contribute to the conversation. Conversely, we hope scholars can view us as a way to reach a broader, non-specialist audience and raise the bar for general understandings of Japanese history. The Official Podcast of the Samurai Archives Japanese History page.

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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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