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Asia Brown Bag Talk: Sacred Cetaceans: Comparing Whale Worship in Vietnam and Japan
May 23, 2018 - 12:30-13:30
ADI and NIAS are pleased to invite you to an Asia Brown Bag Talk by Aike P. Rots, University of Oslo.
In various parts of the Asia-Pacific region, whales, dolphins, and other aquatic mammals are associated with divine power, and are the objects of ritual veneration. In particular, as Aike P. Rots, associate professor in contemporary Japan studies, will show in this presentation, worship traditions centered on cetaceans have been preserved in coastal regions in Vietnam and Japan. In both countries, whale-related rituals have been reclassified as local or national “heritage”, and acquired new meanings as a result of tourism, coastal depopulation, either forced or voluntary, and changing livelihoods.
Aike P. Rots is an associate professor in contemporary Japan studies at the University of Oslo. He holds a PhD from the University of Oslo, an MA degree from SOAS, University of London, and BA degrees from Leiden Uni-versity. He is the author of Shinto, Nature and Ideology in Contemporary Japan: Making Sacred Forests (Bloomsbury 2017) and the co-editor (with Mark Teeuwen) of Forma-tions of the Secular in Japan (special issue of Japan Review, no. 30, 2017). He has written articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, including modern Shinto, sacred space, religion and politics in Vietnam, and Japanese Christianity.
Feel free to bring your own lunch!