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Japanese Religions & Anime Survey

Alright, as part of my upcoming panel on Japanese Religions in Anime at Anime Punch 2009 I would like to present some data on how Anime and Manga has influenced the spirituality of Anime fans. If you would like to contribute below is a 21 question survey - reply ether in a comment, a comment linking to a journal/blog entry, or an email to tsulakala.kitsula(at)gmail.com

Please pass this link around to people and sites which may be interested and complete this survey no later than April 8th, 2009.

Feel free to skip any questions you do not wish to answer but I would prefer that you answer as many questions as you are able.

Thank you for your help and participation!



1. What name do you prefer to be cited as? What is your current age? What is your gender identification?

2. Where do you presently live (City/town, State/Provence/other division (if applicable), Country)? Have you at any time lived in Japan? If you have lived in Japan at what ages and for how long?

3. What do you consider your socioeconomic status to be? (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Working Class, (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Middle Class, or (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Upper Class?

4. What is your highest level of education completed? (Ex. Junior High School, High School, Some College, Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Post-Graduate Degree)

5. What is your current occupation? (Ex. Student, Office Worker, Sales Clerk, et cetera)

6. What political party do you support, if any? What label do you use to describe your political view point? (Ex. Libertarian, Conservative, Liberal, Moderate, et cetera)

7. How do you label your Primary Path/Tradition/Folkway/Religion/et cetera? If you have any additional affiliations, list these as well. (Ex. Roman Catholic, Pagan, Soto Zen Buddhist, Kemetic Orthodox, Mormon, Reform Jew, Follower of Mahikari, et cetera)

8. What are your primary religious/spiritual practices, if any?

9. In a short summery what are your views on God(s)/the divine/spirits? Ethics? Impurity/Pollution/Sin? and Death?

10. If were born into a different religious tradition than you currently practice, what was the religious tradition of your birth community? (Ex. Roman Catholic, Pagan, Soto Zen Buddhist, Kemetic Orthodox, Mormon, Reform Jew, Follower of Mahikari, et cetera)

11. What was your first exposure to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture?

12. How many hours do you estimate that you are exposed to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture in a given day? A given week?

13. Do you consider yourself to be part of the Anime/Manga fandom? If so, would you consider yourself a casual fan or an 'Otaku' - a serious fan?

14. Do you interact or participate in any Anime/Manga fandom groups ether online or in your everyday life? If so describe your level of participation and activities.

15. Do you attend any conventions relating to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture? If so how many per year?

16. What do you consider to be your top three favorite Anime and/or Manga series/titles - If any?

17. On a scale of 0-10 (10 being the greatest amount of influence), how much influence do you believe that Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture have had on your personal Religious/Spiritual beliefs and/or practices? If Anime, Manga, and Japanese Pop Culture have influenced you - How exactly has it influenced you?

18. What was your first exposure to Japanese Religious Traditions?

19. If you currently practice a religion with Japanese origins (including sects of Buddhism and other religions originating in Japan) and were not born into the tradition, do you feel that exposure to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture contributed to your decision to follow this path?

20. Do you have any personal religious/spiritual practices (outside of those that are formally part of your primary religious tradition) that have originated in Japan or are derived from Japanese practices such as Reiki Healing, Zazen, using Omamori, Performing Misogi under a waterfall, honoring/venerating/worshiping a Japanese Kami and/or Bodhisattva, et cetera? If so, list and describe these practices.

21. Do your personal religious/spiritual practices include any practices derived from Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture or involving an characters or mythos derived from Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture? If so describe these practices.

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ns_kumiho From: ns_kumiho Date: March 23rd, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
white9_fox From: white9_fox Date: March 16th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
All my japanese religous experiences came from Yu Yu Hakusho.

For realz.

(will look at questions later when there's time)
white9_fox From: white9_fox Date: March 18th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. What name do you prefer to be cited as? What is your current age? What is your gender identification?
DK, 18, Female

2. Where do you presently live (City/town, State/Provence/other division (if applicable), Country)? Have you at any time lived in Japan? If you have lived in Japan at what ages and for how long?
Chicago, Il, USA. Never been to Japan or anywhere outside the US.


3. What do you consider your socioeconomic status to be? (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Working Class, (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Middle Class, or (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Upper Class?
Upper Working Class (though I'm a little confused, isn't the ranking supposed to be poor-middle/working class-upper-wealthy??)

4. What is your highest level of education completed? (Ex. Junior High School, High School, Some College, Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Post-Graduate Degree)
High school, currently going for my associate's in Biology, and then my Bachelor's in either Biology or Zoology.


5. What is your current occupation? (Ex. Student, Office Worker, Sales Clerk, et cetera)
Studen/cashier

6. What political party do you support, if any? What label do you use to describe your political view point? (Ex. Libertarian, Conservative, Liberal, Moderate, et cetera)
I'm a moderate, but I tend to lean more towards Democratic ideals.

7. How do you label your Primary Path/Tradition/Folkway/Religion/et cetera? If you have any additional affiliations, list these as well. (Ex. Roman Catholic, Pagan, Soto Zen Buddhist, Kemetic Orthodox, Mormon, Reform Jew, Follower of Mahikari, et cetera)
Animistic. I grew up Catholic but no longer consider myself a member (despite the piece of paper saying I am one).

8. What are your primary religious/spiritual practices, if any?
A nice little blend of inspiration from taoist, neo-pagan, shamanistic, totemic, and necromantic paths flavored with divination and symbolism tools. And a strawberry on top.

9. In a short summery what are your views on God(s)/the divine/spirits? Ethics? Impurity/Pollution/Sin? and Death?
I'm a bit of a polytheist, so I think each deity/spirit is (or can be) an individual; alongside the animistic belief that basically everything can have a spirit/soul. I think some basic ethics are necessary for us to survive as a group (like rules against murder and stealing), but some are rather ridiculous for me. I prefer the basics. As far as sin goes I don't think there's such a thing as absolute sin, because that would require an absolute punishment in my view. With my belief in reincarnation, staying in a horrid life or staying in "hell" would only be temporary, and another chance is given. And death is simply change. Change from one part of life to the next.

10. If were born into a different religious tradition than you currently practice, what was the religious tradition of your birth community? (Ex. Roman Catholic, Pagan, Soto Zen Buddhist, Kemetic Orthodox, Mormon, Reform Jew, Follower of Mahikari, et cetera)
Roman Catholic.

11. What was your first exposure to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture?
Ronin Warriors!!! I was a little girl (5 or 6) at the time, so I didn't even know it was a specific kind of show, I just thought it was another cartoon. Cartoon Network paved the way (oh how I miss the old CN).

12. How many hours do you estimate that you are exposed to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture in a given day? A given week?
Depends on the part of my life. When CN was actually good, I'd watch those shows every day after school. Sailor Moon, DBZ, Tenchi, YYH, etc., that would amount to several hours basically. That lasted a good 4-5 years straight.

But now I hardly ever watch anime outside of my dvds. I prefer manga.

Outside of the actual stories/media, I was hardly ever exposed to the culture surrounding them. Never went to a con, and only met one person who actually wore any cosplay items.

white9_fox From: white9_fox Date: March 18th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
13. Do you consider yourself to be part of the Anime/Manga fandom? If so, would you consider yourself a casual fan or an 'Otaku' - a serious fan?
Despite the fact that I greatly prefer anime/manga over the American equivilants (mostly for art and variety reasons), I don't consider myself a member of the actual fandoms or an Otaku. Maybe a fandom of Yu Yu Hakusho, but not generic anime fandom.

14. Do you interact or participate in any Anime/Manga fandom groups ether online or in your everyday life? If so describe your level of participation and activities.
Nope, none of the above.

15. Do you attend any conventions relating to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture? If so how many per year?
Nope, though I do want to try to get to ACEN someday.

16. What do you consider to be your top three favorite Anime and/or Manga series/titles - If any?
Anime:
Yu Yu Hakusho
NightWalker
Anything from Miyazaki

Manga:
Hana-Kimi
Love Hina/Negima (can't decide!! I like the author/artist in general!)
Saiyuki

17. On a scale of 0-10 (10 being the greatest amount of influence), how much influence do you believe that Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture have had on your personal Religious/Spiritual beliefs and/or practices? If Anime, Manga, and Japanese Pop Culture have influenced you - How exactly has it influenced you?

Probably 8. It's not in a very obvious way actually...and it's mostly Yu Yu Hakusho that influences. There's a certain cosmology (3 worlds, demons, spirits, energy, etc) in that series that really appeals to me, and I find myself almost copying that cosmology without realizing. Also, the characters and archetypes of the characters are one's that appeal to me spiritually, and (Kurama especially) so I'll sometimes "copy" them for my own psycho-spiritual-drama.

18. What was your first exposure to Japanese Religious Traditions?
Can't remember, it was a while ago. Probably from looking up Kitsune in high school, where I would run into Shinto/Buddhist spirits and ideas.

19. If you currently practice a religion with Japanese origins (including sects of Buddhism and other religions originating in Japan) and were not born into the tradition, do you feel that exposure to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture contributed to your decision to follow this path?
I don't actually consider myself a member of any, but I would say that yes, the inspiration I got from Shinto would not have happened if I didn't follow anime to begin with. Those got me interested in the real-world cultures and ideas behind the stories.

20. Do you have any personal religious/spiritual practices (outside of those that are formally part of your primary religious tradition) that have originated in Japan or are derived from Japanese practices such as Reiki Healing, Zazen, using Omamori, Performing Misogi under a waterfall, honoring/venerating/worshiping a Japanese Kami and/or Bodhisattva, et cetera? If so, list and describe these practices.
I used to honor Inari, but that relationship didn't continue. So no, not anymore.

21. Do your personal religious/spiritual practices include any practices derived from Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture or involving an characters or mythos derived from Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture? If so describe these practices.

Lol, yep. Actually, you know how some of the spirit people characters will create glowy energy balls out of their chi or whatnot? I use those ideas to help in visualization exercises, and get my mind "in the zone" and make it feel like I too am "powering up".

And as mentioned before, Yu Yu Hakusho's cosmology and character archetypes influence me as well.

Dude, this gives me an idea....I'm going to make a new religion called yyh-ity. It'll be fun to make spoof religions.
ns_kumiho From: ns_kumiho Date: March 23rd, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!

Upper Working Class (though I'm a little confused, isn't the ranking supposed to be poor-middle/working class-upper-wealthy??)

It depends on the scheme and where you draw the boundaries - since class is about 75% culture and 25% wealth (ex a skilled mechanic may make more than a low ranking office drone but the mechanic would be upper-working class while the office drone would more likely identify with middle class - although more and more people are just identifying with the middles)

I'm going to make a new religion called yyh-ity. It'll be fun to make spoof religions.

LOL!
From: novelog Date: March 17th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. Katrina Ostrander/20/F

2. Springfield, OH

3. Parents are Lower Middle Class, I'm still in college

4. Some College

5. Writing Center Advisor

6. Democrats; Liberal

7. Northern Tradition

8. Generally I'll pray to various Gods/Goddesses, write poetry/prayers, give small offerings. I'm actively trying to "listen" to nature more, and I'm learning a great deal from an animal totem of mine right now. Divination also fits into my practice, particularly the Tarot and runes.

9. There is the All, from which springs man and plant animal and the Gods. There are spirits of individual animals, plants, the land and our ancestors. Above that, there is the collective unconscious, which is the human equivalent to Grandmother/father Bear/Otter/Raven. Even higher are the Gods of the various pantheons. I even believe to some extent in Yahweh, though I pay him no tribute.

10. Episcoplian

11. I was in kindergarten, and fell in love with Sailor Moon. It wasn't until 4th grade that I found out about Takeuchi's manga, and from there it all went "downhill." =]

12. In high school, I'd say 3 hours a day, every day of the week, minimum.

13. I used to be.

14. Not anymore.

15. I have been to Anime conventions, but now my exposure lies mostly in the East Asian cultural events at my college--I am a Japanese minor.

16. Magic Knight Rayearth, Sailor Moon, and Card Captor Sakura.

17. 4. Although it doesn't exactly relate directly to Northern Tradition spirituality, I'd say that it did distinctly shape my ethics/aesthetics/notions about life in general. I have a heavily romanticized version of life, and I'll admit that it was definitely my desire to wield magic of my own (a la Sailor Moon or Hikaru from Rayearth, or even Sakura with her Clow Cards) that lead me down the pagan path. When my friend said she was a "witch" who could cast spells and lent me her Silver Ravenwolf books, that's what really lit the spark. I'd also have to say that the concept of spirits, magical beings, and multiple gods was also cemented by my love for fantastic anime. That was 8 years ago. Since then things have shifted more towards the gods that I've had mystical contact with. But I'll admit, albeit childishly, that I want to take up martial arts now, particularly swordplay, because of the kind of discipline it will teach me that can become a sort of spirituality in and of itself, and because it's a vestige of that childhood fantasy.

18. Probably Rei's shintoism in Sailor Moon. We studied it and confucianism a little in Global Studies, 10th grade. I wasn't until my East Asian Politics course in Fall of 08 that I began to seriously understand the religions in a cultural context.

19. NA

20. I'm itching to learn Reiki as well as Shiatsu.

21. That would likely involve the magic spells and divination that have evolved out of that childish dream. Granted, I don't do either of those nearly as much now as I did in the early stages of my dabbling in "magick" and Wicca. I'd be lying though if I said it wouldn't be absolutely awesome to still point my hand, yell, "Honou no Ya!" and cast fireball. More so I'd say it just further cemented my fantasy obsession (granted, I'm also a huge fantasy novel buff, but I watched much more anime than I read books back in middle and high school). But getting my feet wet back then definitely prepared me for a more serious practice of paganism now. It kind of laid the foundation for my belief in more than meets the eye.
ns_kumiho From: ns_kumiho Date: March 24th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
hasufin From: hasufin Date: March 17th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. What name do you prefer to be cited as? What is your current age? What is your gender identification?
1a) Hasufin
1b) Approximately 30.
1c) Male.

2. Where do you presently live?</a>
2a) East Coast, USA.
2b) No.

3. What do you consider your socioeconomic status to be?
Middle middle class.

4. What is your highest level of education completed?
Bachelor's Degree

5. What is your current occupation?
Technical Writer

6. What political party do you support, if any? What label do you use to describe your political view point?
6a) Not a party member.
6b) Liberal.

7. How do you label your Primary Path/Tradition/Folkway/Religion/et cetera? If you have any additional affiliations, list these as well.
Eclectic pagan.

8. What are your primary religious/spiritual practices, if any?
Generally chalcolithic mediterranean reconstruction.

9. In a short summery what are your views on God(s)/the divine/spirits? Ethics? Impurity/Pollution/Sin? and Death?
That... wouldn't fit in a short summary.

10. If were born into a different religious tradition than you currently practice, what was the religious tradition of your birth community?
Protestant Christian/Agnostic.

11. What was your first exposure to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture?
Uncertain...
When i was young, I watched some Japanese-inspired Saturday morning cartoons, but did not identify them as Japanese at the time. My first knowing exposure to Japanese pop culture was my freshman year of college.

12. How many hours do you estimate that you are exposed?
~2 hours/day, if music is counted.

13. Do you consider yourself to be part of the Anime/Manga fandom?
Definitely a member of the fandom. In the past I was described as a "Grand Master Otaku", but that level of interest has waned considerably in the last decade.

14. Do you interact or participate in any Anime/Manga fandom groups ether online or in your everyday life?
None at this time.

15. Do you attend any conventions relating to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture?
No conventions or other events.

16. What do you consider to be your top three favorite Anime and/or Manga series/titles - If any?
Shin Seiki Evangelion
Shoujo Kakumei Utena
Haibane Renmei

17. On a scale of 0-10 (10 being the greatest amount of influence), how much influence do you believe that Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture have had on your personal Religious/Spiritual beliefs and/or practices?
That's too open-ended to give on an objective scale. I almost exclusively listen to Japanese Pop music, but my religious practice only draws a very trivial amount from Japanese (Shinto and Buddhist) practices. To some extent, exposure to Japanese pop culture has incited me to learn more about Japanese culture in general, but to what extent that has influenced my life is very difficult to quantify.

18. What was your first exposure to Japanese Religious Traditions?
When I was seven years old, I was given a book of Japanese myths. I have continued to occasionally learn more about Japanese culture ever since.

19. If you currently practice a religion with Japanese origins?
While my own practices may be influenced in some way by Japanese practices, I do not consider my practices Japanese in origin.

20. Do you have any personal religious/spiritual practices that have originated in Japan or are derived from Japanese practices?
Some of my work relates to pressure point theory, but that is second-hand, not acquired directly from Japanese sources. Also, I do enjoy some Japanese practices for relaxtion, for example, attending tea ceremonies.

21. Do your personal religious/spiritual practices include any practices derived from Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture or involving an characters or mythos derived from Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture? If so describe these practices.
No.
ns_kumiho From: ns_kumiho Date: March 24th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
erynn999 From: erynn999 Date: March 17th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

part 1

1. What name do you prefer to be cited as? What is your current age? What is your gender identification?

Erynn
48
androgynous

2. Where do you presently live (City/town, State/Provence/other division (if applicable), Country)? Have you at any time lived in Japan? If you have lived in Japan at what ages and for how long?

Western Washington state, never lived in Japan

3. What do you consider your socioeconomic status to be? (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Working Class, (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Middle Class, or (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Upper Class?

working class

4. What is your highest level of education completed? (Ex. Junior High School, High School, Some College, Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Post-Graduate Degree)

some college

5. What is your current occupation? (Ex. Student, Office Worker, Sales Clerk, et cetera)

Disabled veteran, writer, priestess

6. What political party do you support, if any? What label do you use to describe your political view point? (Ex. Libertarian, Conservative, Liberal, Moderate, et cetera)

Green, extremely liberal

7. How do you label your Primary Path/Tradition/Folkway/Religion/et cetera? If you have any additional affiliations, list these as well. (Ex. Roman Catholic, Pagan, Soto Zen Buddhist, Kemetic Orthodox, Mormon, Reform Jew, Follower of Mahikari, et cetera)

Primarily Celtic Reconstructionist Filidecht with influences including Siberian (Ulchi) shamanism, animism, Taoism, various Buddhist ideas, Ekklesia Antinoou (Greco-Roman-Egyptian syncretism), Afro-diasporic, Hinduism, and Shinto

8. What are your primary religious/spiritual practices, if any?

Widely varied including maintaining altars for many deities and spirits in my home, regular tending of a fire altar for Brigid, offerings to deities and spirits, daily purification and prayer practices, meditations, occasional incubatory trance practices, divination with ogam, tarot and other divinatory tools, attendance at local Shinto shrine, attending occasional Hindu pujas, feasting for holy days, wilderness retreats on camping trips.

9. In a short summery what are your views on God(s)/the divine/spirits? Ethics? Impurity/Pollution/Sin? and Death?

deity -- I am a polytheist and feel that the Gods/divine/spirits are many and fall into a continuum of ancestors, land spirits and deities with no real firm dividing lines between them. They exist as individuals, but an animal spirit might be an ancestor, a deity might be an ancestor, or an ancestor might at some point become a deity or a land spirit.

ethics -- I tend to follow ethical standards of the early Gaelic peoples in regards to maintaining myself and my relationships to the world and to others with honor. Practicing generosity, courage, wisdom, hospitality, eloquence and kindness are extremely important to me.

impurity/pollution/sin -- I tend to regard this as imbalance and lack of wisdom for the most part. In some cases one may attract or find oneself immersed in energies that are not harmonious or may be potentially harmful due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time, through doing something stupid, or by ill intent from others (embodied or not). My purification practices including river misogi (there's no waterfall at the local shrine) and smoke smudging are intended to remove any unwanted influences from my person and environment.

death -- I tend to believe in reincarnation as a passing from form to form to gain experience and wisdom. I believe that we change through various forms not so much as the result of karma per se but because we might be interested in experiencing life as a tree or a cricket or a mountain or a star rather than a human next time around and don't tend to place any particular value judgment on the form one ends up in.

10. If were born into a different religious tradition than you currently practice, what was the religious tradition of your birth community? (Ex. Roman Catholic, Pagan, Soto Zen Buddhist, Kemetic Orthodox, Mormon, Reform Jew, Follower of Mahikari, et cetera)

My family has been primarily conservative Protestant (Southern Baptist and other sects) on my mother's side and Polish Catholic on my father's side.

erynn999 From: erynn999 Date: March 17th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

part 2

11. What was your first exposure to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture?

Speed Racer and Astro Boy as a kid in the 60s!

12. How many hours do you estimate that you are exposed to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture in a given day? A given week?

Not that much. I watch an anime now and then but it isn't anything regular. I enjoy some of them as an art form and as fun cinema but would not describe myself as a real fan in any devoted way.

13. Do you consider yourself to be part of the Anime/Manga fandom? If so, would you consider yourself a casual fan or an 'Otaku' - a serious fan?

No. I'm actually much more a fan of Japanese film than of Japanese animation or manga. Godzilla movies were a staple growing up, and I love Kurosawa's films very dearly.

14. Do you interact or participate in any Anime/Manga fandom groups ether online or in your everyday life? If so describe your level of participation and activities.

No.

15. Do you attend any conventions relating to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture? If so how many per year?

No.

16. What do you consider to be your top three favorite Anime and/or Manga series/titles - If any?

Steamboy
Spirited Away
Howl's Moving Castle

17. On a scale of 0-10 (10 being the greatest amount of influence), how much influence do you believe that Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture have had on your personal Religious/Spiritual beliefs and/or practices? If Anime, Manga, and Japanese Pop Culture have influenced you - How exactly has it influenced you?

0

18. What was your first exposure to Japanese Religious Traditions?

Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism back in about 1981. I practiced this path for about two years.

19. If you currently practice a religion with Japanese origins (including sects of Buddhism and other religions originating in Japan) and were not born into the tradition, do you feel that exposure to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture contributed to your decision to follow this path?

I found the depiction of Shinto in Spirited Away to be fascinating but my introduction to Shinto as a religion was more due to my interest in world religions than due to an interest in Japanese pop culture.

20. Do you have any personal religious/spiritual practices (outside of those that are formally part of your primary religious tradition) that have originated in Japan or are derived from Japanese practices such as Reiki Healing, Zazen, using Omamori, Performing Misogi under a waterfall, honoring/venerating/worshiping a Japanese Kami and/or Bodhisattva, et cetera? If so, list and describe these practices.

I carry Omamori from my local shrine for various purposes and occasionally participate in misogi there. I am an enrolled member of the Tsubaki Shrine of America, located about 20 miles from where I live and I attend seasonal ceremonies there regularly to honor the Kami. I don't keep a Kamidana in my home because my disabilities make it difficult for me to keep the house clean and uncluttered enough to keep the Kami happy. I do have a gofu by my apartment door, though. It sits near my Exu shrine, also on the wall next to the door.

I sometimes sit Zazen and read quite a bit of Zen Buddhist literature.

21. Do your personal religious/spiritual practices include any practices derived from Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture or involving an characters or mythos derived from Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture? If so describe these practices.

No.
ns_kumiho From: ns_kumiho Date: March 24th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: part 2

Thanks!
lupagreenwolf From: lupagreenwolf Date: March 18th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
1. What name do you prefer to be cited as? What is your current age? What is your gender identification?

Lupa, 30, biologically female but spiritually genderfluid

2. Where do you presently live (City/town, State/Provence/other division (if applicable), Country)? Have you at any time lived in Japan? If you have lived in Japan at what ages and for how long?

Portland, OR, and no.

3. What do you consider your socioeconomic status to be? (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Working Class, (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Middle Class, or (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Upper Class?

Somewhere in the middle class these days, raised in upper middle.

4. What is your highest level of education completed? (Ex. Junior High School, High School, Some College, Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Post-Graduate Degree)

Partway through grad school (Master's)

5. What is your current occupation? (Ex. Student, Office Worker, Sales Clerk, et cetera)

Student, freelance writer and artist

6. What political party do you support, if any? What label do you use to describe your political view point? (Ex. Libertarian, Conservative, Liberal, Moderate, et cetera)

Primarily Green and Democrat, in that order

7. How do you label your Primary Path/Tradition/Folkway/Religion/et cetera? If you have any additional affiliations, list these as well. (Ex. Roman Catholic, Pagan, Soto Zen Buddhist, Kemetic Orthodox, Mormon, Reform Jew, Follower of Mahikari, et cetera)

Neopagan

8. What are your primary religious/spiritual practices, if any?

These days, neoshamanism, though in the past chaos magic was a pretty significant influence.

9. In a short summery what are your views on God(s)/the divine/spirits? Ethics? Impurity/Pollution/Sin? and Death?

I believe spirits and deities have independent existences, though they can be birthed from the collective unconscious. Ethics are wholly subjective and depends largely on culture and individual interpretation. Sin is subjective and largely a tool for controlling populations. Death is natural and part of the cycle of things.

10. If were born into a different religious tradition than you currently practice, what was the religious tradition of your birth community? (Ex. Roman Catholic, Pagan, Soto Zen Buddhist, Kemetic Orthodox, Mormon, Reform Jew, Follower of Mahikari, et cetera)

Roman Catholic

lupagreenwolf From: lupagreenwolf Date: March 18th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
11. What was your first exposure to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture?

Kidnapped by geeks the first week of college as a wee undergrad.

12. How many hours do you estimate that you are exposed to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture in a given day? A given week?

Depending on whether my husband and I are working our way through an anime series or not, anywhere from 1-6 hours a week.

13. Do you consider yourself to be part of the Anime/Manga fandom? If so, would you consider yourself a casual fan or an 'Otaku' - a serious fan?

Casual at best.

14. Do you interact or participate in any Anime/Manga fandom groups ether online or in your everyday life? If so describe your level of participation and activities.

Nope.

15. Do you attend any conventions relating to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture? If so how many per year?

No; I went to one in Pittsburgh years ago, but that was it.

16. What do you consider to be your top three favorite Anime and/or Manga series/titles - If any?

Favorite movie: Mononoke hime (though I've loved all of Miyazaki's work that I've seen)
Neon Genesis Evangelion (anime series, not movies)
Fruits Basket (anime)

17. On a scale of 0-10 (10 being the greatest amount of influence), how much influence do you believe that Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture have had on your personal Religious/Spiritual beliefs and/or practices? If Anime, Manga, and Japanese Pop Culture have influenced you - How exactly has it influenced you?

Maybe 2, but mostly for quantity, not quality. San from Mononoke Hime is part of my personal pantheon of deities (along with Grecian Artemis, among others).

18. What was your first exposure to Japanese Religious Traditions?

About a year ago I went to a rite at the Shinto temple up in Washington state. Got a basic book on Shinto while there, but haven't read it yet. Though I'm vaguely aware of the animistic elements of Miyazaki's work, especially Spirited away.

19. If you currently practice a religion with Japanese origins (including sects of Buddhism and other religions originating in Japan) and were not born into the tradition, do you feel that exposure to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture contributed to your decision to follow this path?

n/a

20. Do you have any personal religious/spiritual practices (outside of those that are formally part of your primary religious tradition) that have originated in Japan or are derived from Japanese practices such as Reiki Healing, Zazen, using Omamori, Performing Misogi under a waterfall, honoring/venerating/worshiping a Japanese Kami and/or Bodhisattva, et cetera? If so, list and describe these practices.

I was attuned to Reiki I, but never really did much with it.

21. Do your personal religious/spiritual practices include any practices derived from Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture or involving an characters or mythos derived from Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture? If so describe these practices.

See above.
ns_kumiho From: ns_kumiho Date: March 24th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!

Also would you mind explaining your practices with San (I think you mentioned it in a few blog entries a long time ago - but I'm kind of hazy on it)?

Thanks again.
lupagreenwolf From: lupagreenwolf Date: April 9th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
basically, it was when I was doing more experimental magic-related stuff. I had a particular bit of environmental activist magic I wanted to do to back up a donation I had just made to the Defenders of Wildlife, and so I called on her and Moro to attack the egregore associated with--gods, i can't remember whether it was a particular bill, orjust the general negative attitude towards wolves in the US--but it was an attack on the egregore of that.

I still include San in my daily prayers as an aspect of the Huntress archetype.
hikaru_motenai From: hikaru_motenai Date: March 25th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Part 1

1. What name do you prefer to be cited as? What is your current age? What is your gender identification?
Loop, mid 30, Male or so it was last time I checked.

2. Where do you presently live (City/town, State/Provence/other division (if applicable), Country)? Have you at any time lived in Japan? If you have lived in Japan at what ages and for how long?
Not something I want to post on LJ for City, but state is Tennessee, never been to Jp

3. What do you consider your socioeconomic status to be? (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Working Class, (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Middle Class, or (Lower, Middle, or Upper) Upper Class?
Working Glass

4. What is your highest level of education completed? (Ex. Junior High School, High School, Some College, Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Post-Graduate Degree)
I learned me a highschool book

5. What is your current occupation? (Ex. Student, Office Worker, Sales Clerk, et cetera)
Cook

6. What political party do you support, if any? What label do you use to describe your political view point? (Ex. Libertarian, Conservative, Liberal, Moderate, et cetera)
None I am middle of the road swing whereever whimsy throws me.

7. How do you label your Primary Path/Tradition/Folkway/Religion/et cetera? If you have any additional affiliations, list these as well. (Ex. Roman Catholic, Pagan, Soto Zen Buddhist, Kemetic Orthodox, Mormon, Reform Jew, Follower of Mahikari, et cetera)
too hard to actually label, but the basest part is Judeo Christian,

8. What are your primary religious/spiritual practices, if any?
I try not to blaspheme and swear, particularly on sunday but I fail.

9. In a short summery what are your views on God(s)/the divine/spirits? Ethics? Impurity/Pollution/Sin? and Death?
hard to sumarize I believe in God and Jesus but not the Trinity as it turns monotheism into polytheism and that is bad.
Sin, most folks roll about in it like a pig is poo, and they like it but dont expect any retribution because they are self centered.

10. If were born into a different religious tradition than you currently practice, what was the religious tradition of your birth community? (Ex. Roman Catholic, Pagan, Soto Zen Buddhist, Kemetic Orthodox, Mormon, Reform Jew, Follower of Mahikari, et cetera)

Born into southern baptist but I shun denominations as they violate the very tennents of Christianity,

hikaru_motenai From: hikaru_motenai Date: March 25th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part 2

11. What was your first exposure to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture?
furthest back that I can recall was the sporatic Speed Racer in the 70's and Tranzor Z, Robotech and a few scattered anime in the 80's

12. How many hours do you estimate that you are exposed to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture in a given day? A given week?
a few years ago, quite a bit, lately I just dont have the time to watch any and I havnt found any torrents I am interested in.

13. Do you consider yourself to be part of the Anime/Manga fandom? If so, would you consider yourself a casual fan or an 'Otaku' - a serious fan?
Yes, it would be obvious from my collection, I was Otaku but I have recovered, simple 12 step program but I could relapse at any time.

14. Do you interact or participate in any Anime/Manga fandom groups ether online or in your everyday life? If so describe your level of participation and activities.

Not really most of the groups follow the current anime du jour, it was DBZ which is garbage, then it was Inuyasha, which was OK then it was Naruto which makes you dumb just by being exposed to the disc, and now it is Clorox or something that is probably just as stupid.

15. Do you attend any conventions relating to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture? If so how many per year?

No, like I said they are usually 75% or more the nert nerts I cited in querry 15, and to tell the truth most conventions have begun to annoy me as of late, particularly Trek and Warsies cons,

16. What do you consider to be your top three favorite Anime and/or Manga series/titles - If any?

I cannot really assign a top 3 of all time, but currently I am really fond of Hidamari Sketch, in the past I loved El Hazard tho, and Fushigii Yuugi

17. On a scale of 0-10 (10 being the greatest amount of influence), how much influence do you believe that Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture have had on your personal Religious/Spiritual beliefs and/or practices? If Anime, Manga, and Japanese Pop Culture have influenced you - How exactly has it influenced you?

3.14

18. What was your first exposure to Japanese Religious Traditions?
no Idea Buddism always had a following locally and being an AD&D geek from way back I encountered it more ofter than the average bear, but
when I started researching the Shinto faith after I saw Tenchi Muyo was my real official curiousity with it.

19. If you currently practice a religion with Japanese origins (including sects of Buddhism and other religions originating in Japan) and were not born into the tradition, do you feel that exposure to Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture contributed to your decision to follow this path?

not really, but technically Buddism isnt a faith so much as it is a philosophy I think it is neat and could be nicely fitted into an existing christian belief.

20. Do you have any personal religious/spiritual practices (outside of those that are formally part of your primary religious tradition) that have originated in Japan or are derived from Japanese practices such as Reiki Healing, Zazen, using Omamori, Performing Misogi under a waterfall, honoring/venerating/worshiping a Japanese Kami and/or Bodhisattva, et cetera? If so, list and describe these practices.

Not really I like albino varmits but that ismore cause they are white with pink eyes and not because of a shinto belief,

21. Do your personal religious/spiritual practices include any practices derived from Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture or involving an characters or mythos derived from Anime, Manga, and/or Japanese Pop Culture? If so describe these practices.

the closest thing to a practice I have developed is the unnatural compelsion to clap along with the theme to Hidamari Sketch,
ns_kumiho From: ns_kumiho Date: March 28th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part 2

Thanks Loop!
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