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July 2013

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| editorial |
The Passing Away of a Legend
a tribute to Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer

Zeenat Shaukat Ali

| in memory |
Civilizations – Clash or Dialogue
Asghar Ali Engineer

| creative encounters |
1893: The Closing and Opening of Frontiers
A Personal Reflection
Hal W. French

Innate Wisdom in Bahá’í and the Bible
Norman Habel and Tahereh Pourshafie

Marxism and Christianity in China for a Harmonious Society
Li Zhixiong

| practically speaking |
When Churches become Mosques, Gurdwaras or Temples
Jeremy Brian Ball |

| focus on the interreligious movement |
Sir Francis Younghusband
exploring his life mission through film
Willam V. Garner

| in review |
Reviews

| poetry |
A Crush with Words
Raficq Abdulla

Blackbird in Bridgewater
Raficq Abdulla

| prayers and meditation |
Over Cherry Blossoms
Shuntaro Tanikawa

A Moment’s Indulgence
Rabindranath Tagore

| from the archives |
Religion, Spirituality and the Secular
Marcus Braybrooke

At Goó Jinja

Shinto is the traditional religion of Japan. There are many shrines in the cities and countryside, which are visited daily by people seeking blessings and reassurances or wishing to offer thanksgiving along life’s spiritual path. Shrines carry stories and legends relating to Japanese history. This site enshrines Lord Wake no Kiyomaro, who, in the year 769, blocked the scheme of Yuge no Dokyo, a Buddhist priest, scheming to usurp the imperial throne. But Dokyo exiled Lord Kiyomaro to the present-day Kagoshima Prefecture, and on the way ambushed him and wounded him in the leg. The victim made his way to the present Oita Prefecture, where nearly 300 wild boars protected him from his pursuers and escorted him to Usa Hachiman Shrine, where his injuries were miraculously cured. To this day the Goó Shrine is visited by pilgrims suffering from leg and foot injuries, in the belief that the visit will relieve their ailments. The shrine is situated across the street from the Imperial Palace grounds and displays numerous boar images. It also has a stone block bearing footprints, which are also said to heal injuries.

A Japanese Shinto priest on his daily round of devotions at the Goó Jinja (shrine), Kyoto, Japan; photo by


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