You are not currently logged in.
Access JSTOR through your library or other institution:
If You Use a Screen ReaderThis content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Some Social Functions of Religion in Rural Japan
John F. Embree
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 47, No. 2 (Sep., 1941), pp. 184-189
Published by: The University of Chicago Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2769676
Page Count: 6
You can always find the topics here!Topics: Deities, Buddhism, Religious rituals, Religious festivals, Communities, Peasant class, Festivals, Rice, Funerals, Discourse communities
Were these topics helpful?See somethings inaccurate? Let us know!
Select the topics that are inaccurate.
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
In order to understand the religion of a society it is necessary to understand the social and economic organization of that society. In this study of a Japanese peasant community it is noted that those things which are of greatest social value to the community enter into its religious beliefs. Further, the religious life served to strengthen the social relations of the group involved and to emphasize the interdependence of the individual and the group.
American Journal of Sociology © 1941 The University of Chicago Press