Ritual Poetry and the Politics of Death in Early Japan

Ritual Poetry and the Politics of Death in Early Japan

by Gary L. Ebersole
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691019290

ISBN-13: 9780691019291

Pub. Date: 08/28/1992

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This examination of death rituals in early Japan finds in the practice of double burial a key to understanding the Taika Era (645-710 A.D.). Drawing on narratives and poems from the earliest Japanese texts—the Kojiki, the Nihonshoki, and the Man'yoshu, an anthology of poetry—it argues that double burial was the center of a manipulation of myth and ritual

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This examination of death rituals in early Japan finds in the practice of double burial a key to understanding the Taika Era (645-710 A.D.). Drawing on narratives and poems from the earliest Japanese texts—the Kojiki, the Nihonshoki, and the Man'yoshu, an anthology of poetry—it argues that double burial was the center of a manipulation of myth and ritual for specific ideological and factional purposes. "This volume has significantly raised the standard of scholarship on early Japanese and Man'yoshu studies."—Joseph Kitagawa "So convincing is the historical and religious thought displayed here, it is impossible to imagine how anyone can ever again read these documents in the old way."—Alan L. Miller, The Journal of Religion "A central resource for historians of early Japan."—David L. Barnhill, History of Religions

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ISBN-13:
9780691019291
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.87(d)

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