Ritual Poetry and the Politics of Death in Early Japan

Ritual Poetry and the Politics of Death in Early Japan

by Gary L. Ebersole
     
 

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 for

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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

Product Details

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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