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Wright, Lucy: "Forest Spirits, Giant Insects and World Trees. The Nature Vision of Hayao Miyazaki." In: Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 10 (2005)(<>). 
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Resource type: Web Article
Languages: English
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BibTeX citation key: Wright2005
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Keywords: Animation, Japan, Miyazaki. Hayao, Randformen des Comics, Religion
Creators: Wright
Collection: Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
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This article is an exploration of the themes and symbols of Shinto mythology and spiritualism in the early animated feature films of Hayao Miyazaki. In his use of resonant moments of communion with nature, I argue that Miyazaki is cinematically practicing the ancient form of Shinto, which emphasised an intuitive continuity with the natural world. At the same time he is subverting Japan’s cultural myths, such as the myth of an idealised ancient Japan living in harmony with nature, as articulated by kokugaku (National Studies) scholar Moto-ori Norinaga. Miyazaki is a tremendously popular anime director in Japan and his recent film, Spirited Away (2001), won an Academy Award, illustrating his global appeal. His work transforms and reinvigorates the tenets of Shinto, and these are juxtaposed with global culture–inspiration is taken from American science fiction, Greek myths and British children’s literature—to create a hybrid “modern myth” that is accessible (in different ways) to post-industrialised audiences all over the world.
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