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Ascetic Ressentiment: Historical consciousness and mountain politics in Northeastern Japan

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This article explores competing streams of historical consciousness in Mount Haguro, a sacred mountain in northeastern Japan known for its mountain ascetic traditions. Applying the notion of ressentiment (historical alienation) and resentment (ideological alienation) to the longue dureé of religious history in Mount Haguro, I demonstrate how contemporary conflicts in the mountain ascetic community are rooted not only in a historic rift between Shintō and Buddhism in the early Meiji period, but in a greater dynamic at play in Japanese religious history between nativism and cosmopolitanism.

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Dahl, S. A. P. (2021). Ascetic Ressentiment: Historical consciousness and mountain politics in Northeastern Japan. History and Anthropology. https://doi.org/10.1080/02757206.2021.1881081

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