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Dance for the dead: Belief, anxiety, and social cohesion in the Japanese Bon Festival

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dc.contributor.advisor Fischer, Ronald Irving, Briar 2020-05-27T01:30:22Z 2020-05-27T01:30:22Z 2020 2020
dc.description.abstract This thesis aimed to investigate the role of belief in reducing anxiety and increasing social cohesion outcomes of collective ritual. To accomplish this, we developed a belief scale specific to the Japanese Bon Festival, based on ethnographic research and focus groups. We also present a modern ethnographic account of the Bon Festival, one of the most widely celebrated festivals in Japan. Belief in the spiritual background on the Bon Festival did not seem to have an effect on the anxiety and social cohesion outcomes of participation in the ritual. This suggests that the existence of meaning is enough and belief in it is not important for gaining these benefits.
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject bon festival
dc.subject ritual
dc.subject anxiety
dc.subject social cohesion
dc.subject belief
dc.title Dance for the dead: Belief, anxiety, and social cohesion in the Japanese Bon Festival en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Psychology en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Crosscultural Psychology en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Masters en_NZ Master of Science en_NZ
dc.rights.license Author Retains Copyright en_NZ 2020-05-01T02:13:07Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 170111 Psychology of Religion en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ

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