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Some Social Functions of Religion in Rural Japan

John F. Embree
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 47, No. 2 (Sep., 1941), pp. 184-189
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2769676
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Abstract

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.

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