CJRC Lecture Series [Tuesday, February 18]: Phallicism and Fertility in Contemporary Japan: Ancient Traditions or Urban Myths?
February 6, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014. 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM @ Doheny Memorial Library in East Asian Seminar Room (110C)
A lecture by Dr. Stephen Turnbull, University of Leeds.
The lecture will explain the systems of classification that it is possible to apply to phallic shrines and will illustrate the scheme with numerous examples including key festival performances. Other matters to be discussed include their relationship to mainstream Shinto, the dynamic nature of their related beliefs and practices, the continued relevance of the overall term ‘phallicism’ to describe them in view of the presence of female imagery and the crucial question of their place in an increasingly secular and urban society.