Religion

Japanese Americans used religion as one way to handle the stress of the incarceration experience. Church served as both a spiritual comfort and a place for community gatherings. On Sundays, Buddhist and Christian services and Sunday schools were held in the recreation halls. State Shintoism was another popular religion within the Japanese American community but was banned by the U.S. government on the grounds that it included "Emperor worship." Church services initially were given in both Japanese and English, but camp authorities later banned the use of Japanese at all group gatherings (although translation into Japanese was later permitted at some religious services).

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Gathas and Service (ddr-densho-387-7)
doc Gathas and Service (ddr-densho-387-7)
English and Japanese language of Gathas and Services for Buddhist Services at Manzanar. The English reads left to right starting from the cover. The Japanese reads right to left starting at the cover.
Gathas and Service (ddr-densho-387-5)
doc Gathas and Service (ddr-densho-387-5)
English and Japanese language of Gathas and Services for Buddhist Services at Manzanar. The English reads left to right starting from the cover. The Japanese reads right to left starting at the cover.
Gathas and Service (ddr-densho-387-6)
doc Gathas and Service (ddr-densho-387-6)
English and Japanese language of Gathas and Services for Buddhist Services at Manzanar. The English reads left to right starting from the cover. The Japanese reads right to left starting at the cover.
Group photograph in front of a camp building (ddr-fom-1-76)
img Group photograph in front of a camp building (ddr-fom-1-76)
This group was involved in church activities at Minidoka.
Four women posing for a photograph (ddr-fom-1-73)
img Four women posing for a photograph (ddr-fom-1-73)
These women were involved in church activities at Minidoka.
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