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"...This essay will examine Buddhist-Shinto relationships as seen in a single cluster of stories, namely, those having to do with snakes. In brief, my thesis is that we can find in these stories first conflict between Buddhism and Shinto, and then, as the relationships between the two settle down, a creative Buddhist use of those ancient Shinto deities that appeared as reptiles.
-Salvation df the Snake, The Snake of Salvation:
Buddhist-Shinto Conflict and Resolution
W. Michael KELSEY