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Shugendo Now

DIRECTED BY JEAN-MARC ABELA JEAN-MARC ABELA AND MARC PATRICK MCGUIRE, PRODUCERS EMPOWER PICTURES, 2009 88 MINUTES, ENGLISH SUBTITLES, DVD Reviewed by William Londo As the title of this documentary suggests, Shugendō Now examines the state of Shugendō practice today as practiced by both professional practitioners, known as yamabushi, and ordinary Japanese people. The film begins by explaining that yamabushi are those who enter the mountain to seek experiential truth. They perform austeri...