Eastern Mythology Cross-Cultural Perspective - Essay

Cross-Cultural Perspective

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

W. Michael Kelsey (essay date 1981)

SOURCE: "Salvation of the Snake, the Snake of Salvation: Buddhist-Shinto Conflict and Resolution," in Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, Vol. 8, No. 1-2, March-June, 1981, pp. 83-113.

[In the following essay, Kelsey examines the use of the snake figure in Buddhist and Shinto narratives of evil and redemption.]


Buddhism and Shinto have had a remarkably harmonious coexistence over the past fourteen centuries. This is most probably due to two factors: on the one hand, Shinto lacked a formal structure from which to organize resistance, and on the other, Buddhism...

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