Or Porath is a PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. His research centers on Medieval Japanese religion and its conceptualization of sexual norms. He is especially interested in the figure of the acolyte (chigo/doji) and its role as an object of sexual longing in the Tendai Eshin lineage, as well as the way in which the acolyte's image is contested and negotiated by medieval Buddho-Shinto doctrine, ritual, and narrative in general. Porath has published on the topic of Japanese Buddhism and sexuality, and he is currently working on an upcoming paper on monastic education that will be published in an edited volume entitled Child's Play: Histories of Children and Childhood in Japan, ed. Sabine Frühstück and Anne Walthall. Or Porath started working on DDB entries during his time as a Japan-Foundation fellow at the Research Center for Cultural Heritage and Texts (CHT) at Nagoya University, Japan. He is currently affiliated as a visiting student researcher with the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, Nagoya.