Handbook of Japanese Mythology

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ABC-CLIO, 2003 - 375 sivua

Handbook of Japanese Mythology makes it easy to travel this vast yet little-known mythological landscape. The book reveals the origins of Japan's myths in the very different realms of Buddhism, Shinto, and folklore, and explores related mythologies of the Ainu and Okinawan cultures and recent myths arising from Japan's encounters with modernization. It then offers vivid retellings of the central Shinto and Buddhist myths, plus descriptions of major historical figures, icons, rituals, and events.

For students or long-time enthusiasts, it is the ideal guide for investigating Japanese reverence for the sun, the imperial family, and the virtues of purity and loyalty. Readers will also learn why sumo wrestlers stomp before each match, how a fussy baby creates thunder, why Japan has a god for soccer, and much more.

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1 Introduction
1
2 Mythic Time and Space
75
3 Deities Themes and Concepts
109
4 Annotated Print and Nonprint Resources
299
Glossary
311
Appendix Primary Sources
319
Index
331
About the Author
377
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Sivu 76 - My body, formed though it be formed, has one place which is formed to excess. Therefore, I would like to take that place in my body which is formed to excess and insert it into that place in your body which is formed insufficiently, and [thus] give birth to the land.
Sivu 202 - Colors are fragrant, but they fade away. In this world of ours none lasts forever. Today cross the high mountain of life's illusions [ie, rise above this physical world], and there will be no more shallow dreaming, no more drunkenness [ie, there will be no more uneasiness, no more temptations].
Sivu 232 - Stream, and henceforth they should only meet once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month.
Sivu 70 - Hear no evil, See no evil, and Speak no evil" up here would be more honest.
Sivu 319 - Ancient myths and early history of Japan; a cultural foundation. New York, Exposition Press, 1974.
Sivu 146 - From her corpse grew various things useful for humankind: silkworms from her head, rice seeds from her eyes, millet from her ears, red beans from her nose, wheat from her genitals, and soybeans from her rectum.
Sivu 197 - Of Talismans and Shadow Bodies — Annual Purification Rites at a Tokyo Shrine.
Sivu 322 - Seen in the Light of To-day." Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan 36: 139-162.

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Michael Ashkenazi is a professional writer and the author of numerous scholarly and encyclopedia articles on Japanese religion and culture.

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