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Filmography - Eastern Philosophies and Religions: Shintoism

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of April 2011

Filmography - Eastern Philosophies and Religions - Shintoism

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of April 2011. 

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Eastern and Western philosophy. 2002. 2 videodiscs (300 min.). Eastern & Western Philosophy is a groundbreaking series that explores the roots of ancient philosophy, religious thought and spiritual enlightenment. Eastern philosophy explores the genesis of spiritual thought and investigates the central doctrines of Confucianism, Shinto, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam. Western philosophy traces the evolution of philosophy from classical Greece, its development in Europe and through the medieval period and the enlightenment into modern existentialist thought. DVD 5971-5972

Eastern philosophy. 2006? 1 videodisc (146 min.). A three-part series exploring the major religions the Far East and Middle East, covering: Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shinto, Judaism, and Islam. DVD 5971

The Essence of Being Japanese. 1989. 1 streaming video (48 min.). Japan in the modern age: a people existing between the protection of the kami and the geological dangers of earthquake. This program covers the cataclysmic events of the 20th century-the devastating earthquake of 1923, the rise of militarism, the accession of Emperor Hirohito, the Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere, the Pacific War, Hiroshima, and the American occupation of Japan-but its primary focus is on what makes Japan Japanese: the Shinto rituals which are part of modern mercantile life; such societal traits as conformism and determination, attitudes toward violence and brutality, business ethics and the life of the salary man, the attitude toward ethics, and the role of the kami in modern Japan. Streaming video

The Mystical Spirit of the East: Masters and Disciples. 1999. 1 streaming video (53 min.). Filmed on location in India, Japan, and elsewhere, this program provides insights into Hinduism; Mahayana, Hinayana, Tantric, and Zen Buddhism; and Shintoism. Religious leaders including 112-year-old Sri Swami Shivananda, deputy director of the Divine Life Society; Master Thich Nhat Hanh, founder of the Plum Village Zen community; His Holiness the Dalai Lama; and The Venerable Mr. Hatakake, head abbot of the Ise Shinto shrine, elaborate on the principles of their timeless religions. Streaming video

A Separate Peace: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Shintoism. 1998. 1 streaming video (54 min.). This program examines the structure and major tenets of these four eastern religious philosophies. The role of the spiritual master in Hinduism is defined, and the belief in transcendental power and a multitude of deities is explained. The history of Buddhism is traced from the 6th century BC. Reincarnation and nonviolence are discussed as major beliefs. Chinese Taoism, especially its stress on the equilibrium of forces, is examined. Shintoism, a Japanese religion, is presented as a form of animism in which nature is composed of a multitude of deities: the kami. Shintoism's coexistence in Japan with Buddhism is explained as follows: Shintoism is in charge of birth and marriage; Buddhism is in charge of death. Streaming video

Shinto nature, gods, and man in Japan. 1977. 1 videodisc (48 min.). Traces the development of Shinto to the present day.  Shows ancient ritual sites still used today as well as some major shrines.  Also portrays great works of Shinto religious art. DVD 5948

The sons of Eboshi. Ethnographic video online. 2007. 1 streaming video (81 min.). Four young men take part in traditional coming-of-age Eboshi-Gi rites in Shizuhara, a village in Japan's Kyoto province. The Shinto ceremony of Samurai origin marks the young men's passage into adulthood and initiates them into the local youth association.Families prepare for the Eboshi-Gi with extravagent banqueting and the young men practice the recitation of verses and gather symbolic decorations. The film documents the deep respect for tradition still held in this area of modern Japan. Streaming video;763948

Spirits of the State: Japan's Yasukuni Shrine . 2004. 1 streaming video (28 min.). Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine honors and venerates the spirits of Japanese soldiers and officers-including convicted and executed war criminals. This program explores the history of the Shinto shrine, the complexity of its functions, and the controversies generated when political leaders appear there. Interviews with visitors, an inside look at the shrine's adjacent museum of war memorabilia, and a discussion of what has become known as state Shinto create a context in which reverence for the enshrined may be understood. A rare view of Japanese nationalism and the political use of religious traditions, Spirits of the State offers valuable insight into the continuing and contested legacies of World War II. Available in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand only. Streaming video