Japanese Mountain Asceticism

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Ebisu Shrine, Hokkaido Fire crossing of Tengu, Sept 2018, PHOTO: @katuka2

Japanese Mountain Asceticism

Japanese Mountain Asceticism

Shugendo is the ancient Japanese religion which links the power of nature and the mountains with the mundane world. Mountains are where spirits come to rest and are revered for supporting life, but are also places of great danger. The Shugendo mountain ascetics attempt to understand and receive power from these forces. In art they are often linked to the mythical creature, Tengu, which itself is perhaps related to Garuda.


John McBride

John McBride majored in classical Japanese literature at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, then obtained post-graduate degrees in international relations (Australian National University) and business (University of Melbourne). He worked in Japan for many years, and now leads walking tours of Japan that focus on Japanese culture, gardens, and nature. John has a Shugendo license to guide in Japan’s sacred mountains.

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3 June, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
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