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Anthropological / Historical Approach
v “The saying that ‘the whole is greater than
the sum of its part’ is very appropriate to
the study of Japanese religion. We must
view it as a unified whole because the
individual strands did not exist in isolation,
either in the course of history or in the
dynamics of religious life. Thorough
Japanese history each strands was
influenced by one or more of the
others”(Earhart, 3).