Northeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

1 - Fukai Kawa: In search of spiritual solace on the scared banks of Ganges in Varanasi

Friday, July 6
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Gulmohar, First Floor

Keywords: ShūsakuEndō, Fukai Kawa, Ganges, Varanasi, Hindu cultural thoughts.



Fukai Kawa -
Deep River (1993) by Shūshaku Endō is a representative work of Indian philosophical and cultural thoughts to the Japanese minds. Endōvisited Varanasi, the holy city of India for as many as four times. He sat on the banks of the holy river Ganges and his feelings/realizations brought the characters of his novel to Varanasi where lakhs of people gather daily. The protagonists of the novel choose to visit Varanasi, India in search of solace which would appease the restless/emptiness of their souls.


It is interesting to note how Endō, a follower of Christianity from his young days observed the minute details of Hindu philosophical and cultural thoughts and practices.  The influence of Buddhist thoughts in various aspects of Japanese daily life and the secular character of Japan might have allowed Endō to surpass the religious boundaries and create the space for the protagonists of his novel.


This paper will deal with Endō’s comprehension of Hindu philosophical and cultural thoughts as portrayed in his work.

Gita A Keeni

Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan, India

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