Interactions between rivals: The Christian mission and Buddhist sects in Japan (c.1549-c.1647)

Alexandra Curvelo (Editor/Coordinator), Angelo Cattaneo (Editor/Coordinator)

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This volume presents comprehensive research on how southern European Catholics and the Japanese confronted each other, interacted and mutually experienced religious otherness in early modern times.
In their highly variable and asymmetric relations, during which the political-military elites of Japan at times not only favoured, but also opposed and strictly controlled the European presence, missionaries – particularly the Jesuits – tried to negotiate this power balance with their interlocutors.
This collection of essays analyses religious and cultural interactions between the Christian missions and the Buddhist sects through processes of cooperation, acceptance, confrontation and rejection, dialogue and imposition, which led to the creation of new relational spaces and identities.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages514
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-653-06266-3, 978-3-631-70254-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-631-66716-3
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePassagem. Estudos em Ciências Culturais / Studies in Cultural Sciences / Kulturwissenschaftliche Studien.
PublisherPeter Lang


  • Japanese Studies
  • Christian mission in Japan
  • Buddhism
  • Cultural Transfers
  • Religious Studies
  • Scientific Transfers
  • Christianity in Japan


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