- 年報社会学論集 (ISSN:09194363)
- vol.1996, no.9, pp.107-118, 1996-06-05 (Released:2010-04-21)
Yanagita Kunio clarified that the word “Senzo” (Japanese traditional concept of ancestors) is used in two different meanings in his “Senzo-noHanashi” (1946). One meaning is the founder of “Ie” (the stem family), and the other is all of its deseased members. This paper points out that his study was based on his formula on the the relations between “Ie” and society. He regarded social mobilization in modern Japan as a serious problem to the eternal continuation of “Ie” and the society which is organized by “Ie” s. This problem let him pay attention to two meanings of “Senzo”. Through the reviewal of his studies, we will try to find a possibility to build a new hypothesis about the relation between social mobilization and ancestor worship in modern Japan.