The Journal of Japanese Studies



Sexual Relations as Religious Practice in the Late Tokugawa Period: Fujidō

During the late Tokugawa period, some religious groups stressed regulation of the body as a focus for moral cultivation. This article reviews the eschatology of the Fujidō movement, whose members believed that the emergence of a harmonious, just society depended on the restoration of a proper balance between female (yin) and male (yang) forces. Harmonization was to be enacted on a cosmic level and also in human sexual relations. The Fujidō program of restoring proper relations between women and men, although unorthodox, was part of a larger trend to cultivate moral values through physical disciplines.

Volume 32, Number 2 (Summer 2006)
2006 Society for Japanese Studies


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