JANINE TASCA SAWADA
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.
32, Number 2 (Summer 2006)
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