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Shayne Dahl "Ascetic Ressentiment: Historical Consciousness and Mountain Politics in Northeastern Japan" (EJRC Webinar)
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.

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Nov 25, 2020 05:00 PM in London

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Shayne Dahl
Postdoctoral Fellow @McMaster University
Shayne A. P. Dahl received his PhD in Sociolinguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto in 2019. His doctoral research considered recent innovations of Shugendo (mountain asceticism) in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. In 2017, he produced an ethnographic film, The Buddha Mummies of North Japan, which explored the modern worship and significance of mummified monks in a sacred mountain range called Dewa Sanzan. He has published about post-disaster pilgrimage Dewa Sanzan and is currently writing book manuscript based on his doctoral fieldwork that will explore themes of religion, historical consciousness, and ecology in a post-disaster context.