The Annual Review of Sociology
Online ISSN : 1884-0086
Print ISSN : 0919-4363
A Safety Device for the Sacredness
in the case of "SPICON"
Mizuho HASHISAKO
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Volume 2008 (2008) Issue 21 Pages 25-36

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"SPICON" (Spiritual Convention) is one of the most famous events in recent spiritual boom in Japan. In "SPICON" many people including both sponsors and customers enjoy approaching the sacredness through buying things and taking part in sessions which are related to spirituality. Although approaching the sacredness is often accompanied with danger, they seem to devote themselves to "dedication" and yet keep themselves from any trouble and violence. How can they do so? In this paper I intend to verify, by taking "SPICON" as an example, that a new type of safety device for approaching the sacredness is appearing in Japanese society.

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