The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

An Anthropological Study of Christianity and Civilization

Joint Research Coordinator SUGIMOTO Yoshio

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This study will comparatively research the influence that Christianity and mission activities have had on local societies in areas that have been leading objects of study for anthropologists, and what problems anthropologists have engendered as a result, comparatively examining specific examples from various regions. Since Christianization, Westernization and civilization have often been considered as more or less synonymous, they have had a decisive impact in many respects. Our final objectives will be to shed light on these present conditions and historical processes, as well as the anthropological significance of Christianity and the missions.