Thursday, February 05, 2004

Priesthood, Buddhism, Taoism, and Shinto in China and Japan

In the Mahayana Buddhist sects, the monks, and those who are popularly known as bonzes, can hardly be said to exercise definitely sacerdotal functions in the temples, monasteries, and shrines. For the most part these functions have been confined to recitations and invocations, which all of the believers share. In China the Taoist �priesthood� emerged as an organized institution

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