Japanese Religious History between medieval and early modern (Tokugawa) periods

 

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Discuss the role of women in Japanese religion during medieval and early modern (Tokugawa) periods. How have Japanese religions viewed women under the influence of the continental culture as well as Japanese indigenous religious traditions? What religious roles did women play in society, religious institutions, and village communities? What restrictions did women face when they tried to engage in religious activities? How did women, at least some of them, respond to the restrictions imposed on them?