Historical Oddities Tuesday: Meiji Era a Case Study in the Dangers of Neo-traditionalism


While researching the Shindo Renmei, which was for all intents and purposes a Shinto terrorist group in Brazil, during WWII  – I stumbled across the following article:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/242494954_The_Failed_Prophecy_of_Shinto_Nationalism_and_the_Rise_of_Japanese_Brazilian_Catholicism

Which describes the transition from Shintoism to Catholicism of the migrants. What I extrapolated from this for the purposes of this unfortunately necessarily surface level video is that when cultures feel under threat they can have allergic reactions with catastrophic consequences.

I then tie this observation to some troubling trends in the present.


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