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Musha Shugyo: The Warrior’s Pilgrimage?

By Rennis Buchner
Copyright © Rennis Buchner, 2014. Not to be used without permission

I recall my days in university when one of my professors in Japanese history warned me to be wary of research that focuses too greatly on one particular angle of viewing a subject. At the time we were discussing a well known work on a particular branch of Japanese religion and my professor was pointing out that the author of the work wrote almost exclusively from the view point of a “true believer” and had mostly ignored social and financial angles that helped explain how this group survived into modern times. This problem is nearly universal in any sort of research and trying to maintain the proper balance of “views” can be a major challenge. (more…)


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