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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
Published by: The University of Chicago Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2769676
Page Count: 6
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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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