Caleb Carter

Post-Doctoral Fellow


I specialize in Japanese religions within the broader context of Buddhism and East Asian cultures. Within these fields, I focus especially on Shugendo, a mountain-based tradition in Japan developed largely from esoteric, Zen and Pure Land Buddhism with additional influences from Chinese religions and local spirit worship (later identified as Shinto). I approach these subjects from an interdisciplinary perspective that draws on religious and folklore studies as well as political, social, and intellectual history.