I’ve been thinking a lot about religion in the context of imaginary worlds and this interesting viewpoint is great fodder for ideas.
Some say that to truly understand Asia, you must be able to hold two conflicting ideas in your head at once.
This also seems to apply to religion – perhaps especially so in Japan.
I could be very mistaken, but I think that Japan is one of the few countries in the entire world where two major religions have existed side-by-side for a very long time, without it leading to wars.
Yes, there are issues with that argument if we go back to the ‘Christian century’ and Tokogawa’s persecution of Christians, but if we look at Shinto and Buddhism, by far the biggest religions in the country today, it still remains true to the best of my knowledge.
I think the main reason for this could be two-fold…and that that sentence might be a pun or play on words….
One is that neither religion is as dismissive of others as…
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