History

Ritual Poetry and the Politics of Death in Early Japan

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$65.00 / £50.00
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Published:
Aug 17, 1992
1989
Pages:
350
Size:
6 x 9 in.
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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