Sun, Jan 28|
Winter Master Class: “The Way of the Gods”: Japanese ‘Kami’ and the Representation of Shintoism in Pop Culture
Lead by Rimi Nandy. MUST RSVP TO RECEIVE ZOOM LINK.
Time & Location
Jan 28, 2024, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
About the Event
Shintoism is a form of belief system enacted in the absence of a concrete pantheon of the Gods. This ancient religious system focuses on the interaction between the local gods and the humans who co-exist. Shinto practices are rooted in a space devoid of any form of hierarchy. A thin line exists between the human world and the supernatural one that co-exist. In this Master Class, we will study the basics of Shintoism through its representation in classical Japanese poetry from the Heian age. The deliberations will also address understanding the politics behind the sudden rise in Shinto practices in connection to the political scenario in Japan. The Master Class will also refer to selected Shinto manga and discuss the most popular Japanese anime in the context of the representation of Shintoism in popular culture.
Participants will gain a profound understanding of the Shinto belief system and the concept of animistic religion. They will be able to develop a critical perspective of the representation of Shinto in popular culture. This will enable the participants to gain a unique perspective into the evolving nature of religion in the East Asian context. This will enhance cultural literacy through literature and art.
You must RSVP to receive the Zoom link. The class will be recorded, but the recording will only be shared with those that RSVP.