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Marriage, Adoption, and Honganji

Carol Richmond Tsang
Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
Vol. 32, No. 1 (2005), pp. 53-83
Published by: Nanzan University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30233777
Page Count: 31
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Marriage, Adoption, and Honganji
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Abstract

The Honganji branch of True Pure Land Buddhism, unlike other Buddhist institutions in the Muromachi period, explicitly followed a hereditary, dynastic model for its leadership. Honganji's policies arranging marriage and adoption contributed to the expansion and definition of the sect in the fifteenth century, and to its acceptance as a legitimate branch of Buddhism. Secondarily, when the sect experienced a civil war in Kaga in 1531, differences in marital and adoptive policies between the earlier temples and those led by Rennyo's children contributed to the defeat of the latter.

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