Ascetic Ressentiment: Historical Consciousness and Mountain Politics in Northeastern Japan
Shayne Dahl, Postdoctoral Fellow in Religious Studies, McMaster University
In this talk, I will discuss competing streams of historical consciousness in Mount Haguro, a sacred mountain in northeastern Japan known for its mountain ascetic traditions. Applying the notion of ressentiment (historical alienation) to the longue dureé of religious history in Mount Haguro, I demonstrate how contemporary conflicts in the mountain ascetic community are rooted not only in a historic rift between Shintō and Buddhism in the early Meiji period, but in a greater dynamic at play in Japanese religious history between nativism and cosmopolitanism.
Shayne was featured in the documentary "The Buddha Mummies of North Japan" which will be available to view for pre-registrants five-days before the event. In addition to Shayne's talk, we will also have a discussion about making an ethnographic documentary with mummies.