大阪梅田地域の地蔵祭祀 The Jizo-Cult in the Umeda District of Osaka
Drawing on the results of a survey of Jizo worship which was conducted in the Umeda district of Osaka from 1986 to 1988, this article considers the relationship of the urbanization after World War II with a transition in the custom of worshipping Stone-Buddhas. Especially after the International Exposition at Osaka in 1970, the development of residential areas in the surburbs of Osaka added to the Umeda district the character of an urban-terminal area, and weakened the character of the living space. Consequently, the character of Jizos in the Umeda district has also changed, from that of gods which guard the inhabitants of the area they occupy, to that of gods which confer a benefit on the believers visiting their shrines.
東京大学宗教学年報 7, 99-113, 1990-03-20