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    Default The Yamabushi

    I was wondering who exactly were these group and do they still exist or were they abolished like the Samurai.

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    Shugenja (Yamabushi) still exist. They are basically wandering mountain ascetics. Check these sites for further info. The first is by a French practitioner Sylvain Guintard.

    http://members.shaw.ca/shugendo/intro.html

    http://members.shaw.ca/shugendo/main.html

    http://kobe-iyashi.hp.infoseek.co.jp/shugen.htm

    http://heianjiten.fc2web.com/syugendou.htm

    http://www.coara.or.jp/~daikoin/

    http://www.pref.nara.jp/nara/kaido/e...en/main_sy.htm

    Some of these have English if you can't read Japanese.
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    Thanks Mr. Kemlo, I am gonna have a busy reading .
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    Default Pretty Interesting

    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Loeffler
    Thanks Mr. Kemlo, I am gonna have a busy reading .
    Yes, those are some pretty interesting looking sites. Worth looking at.
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    Default Yamabushi and Tengu/Sarutan Hiko

    Quote Originally Posted by Hattori
    Shugenja (Yamabushi) still exist. They are basically wandering mountain ascetics.
    Off hand, would you know if the Yamabushi are associated with the tengu or Sarutan Hiko?

    I will check out your links.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimiwane
    Off hand, would you know if the Yamabushi are associated with the tengu or Sarutan Hiko?

    I will check out your links.

    Thanks.
    Don't know about that, but Carmen Blacker went along on an ascetic retreat with them. Read about it in her The Catalpa Bow. Also, check out Helen Hardacre. Also,

    http://www.nanzan-u.ac.jp/SHUBUNKEN/...rs/pdf/172.pdf
    http://www.fcc.sophia.ac.jp/academic...45_Umezawa.pdf

    The JJRS site is terrific.
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    Quote Originally Posted by don
    Don't know about that, but Carmen Blacker went along on an ascetic retreat with them. Read about it in her The Catalpa Bow. Also, check out Helen Hardacre. Also,

    http://www.nanzan-u.ac.jp/SHUBUNKEN/...rs/pdf/172.pdf
    http://www.fcc.sophia.ac.jp/academic...45_Umezawa.pdf

    The JJRS site is terrific.

    Thanks for the links Mr. Modesto.
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    Off hand, would you know if the Yamabushi are associated with the tengu or Sarutan Hiko?
    A recent article in the English Daily Yomiuri suggested that Yamabushi could identify different types of Tengu. I'll have to rumage through the recycle box..
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    On Tengu and Yamabushi associations -

    http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/tengu.shtml
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    Quote Originally Posted by kimiwane
    Off hand, would you know if the Yamabushi are associated with the tengu or Sarutan Hiko?

    I will check out your links.

    Thanks.
    Mr. Orange, Tsubaki Jinja in Mie ken Japan ( as well as Tsubaki America in WA.) has a very close relationship with SarutaHiko no Okami. Both shrines have practices that could be considered "yamabushi-like" ( mountain climbing, O-misogi ect). Jason House
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    Ah, I forgot. There's also The Marathon Monks of Mt. Hiei. I shudder to recommend Stevens, but while the book was pretty roundly savaged for its scholarly shortcomings in refereed journals, they did admit that the interviews of practitioners were good.
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    Good afternoon. Is anybody aware of an academic study of Yamabushi/Shugendo practitioners and the types of military/martial arts practiced if martial arts even had a role in training? I am aware of many studies in general on Shugendo but my Nihongo is terrible and I cannot discern if a study of that kind has been undertaken. Thanks for any comments.
    Last edited by StephenBaker; 14th April 2014 at 21:18. Reason: Edited to refine my question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenBaker View Post
    Good afternoon. Is anybody aware of an academic study of Yamabushi/Shugendo practitioners and the types of military/martial arts practiced if martial arts even had a role in training? I am aware of many studies in general on Shugendo but my Nihongo is terrible and I cannot discern if a study of that kind has been undertaken. Thanks for any comments.
    Here's the reverse approach :

    http://portal.dl.saga-u.ac.jp/handle/123456789/10886

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenBaker View Post
    Good afternoon. Is anybody aware of an academic study of Yamabushi/Shugendo practitioners and the types of military/martial arts practiced if martial arts even had a role in training? I am aware of many studies in general on Shugendo but my Nihongo is terrible and I cannot discern if a study of that kind has been undertaken. Thanks for any comments.
    Try anything by Mikeal S Adolphson. I think he has written three books on the yamabushi so far.
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    Default Thank You

    Mr. Gatling and Mr. Goldsbury,

    Thank you for the kindness of responding with suggestions.

    I have been out of all research but for legal research for too long. My skills are rusty, but hopefully future questions will be more intriguing.

    Thanks again.
    Stephen Baker

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