Harukor An Ainu Woman's Tale

ISBN-10: 0520210204
ISBN-13: 9780520210202
Edition: 2000
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Description: In this engaging tale, Honda Katsuichi reconstructs the life of an Ainu woman living on the northern island of Japan over five hundred years ago. Harukor's story, created from surviving oral accounts of Ainu life and culture as well as extensive  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/12/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

In this engaging tale, Honda Katsuichi reconstructs the life of an Ainu woman living on the northern island of Japan over five hundred years ago. Harukor's story, created from surviving oral accounts of Ainu life and culture as well as extensive scholarly research, is set in the centuries before the mainland Japanese nearly destroyed the way of life depicted here. In the first person, the fictional Harukor tells us of her childhood, her adolescence, and her motherhood, drawing on tales and songs performed by her grandmother and other bards. She describes festivals, weddings, childbirth and midwifery, traditional healing methods, battles, and funerals in detail. Her story is followed by the adventures of her oldest son, Pasekur, which end by foreshadowing an early Ainu rebellion against Japanese encroachment. Amply illustrated and prefaced by an extensive introduction to Ainu history, the natural surroundings, and the sources used to construct Harukor and her world, this volume is a unique portrait of Ainu gods and humans, of matters sacred and mundane, and of the distinctive Ainu respect for nature's bounty.

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Translator's Note
Preface
Ainu Moshir
Ainu and Shisam
The Great Forests
Deer and Salmon
The Bounty of the Four Seasons
The Creation of Heaven and Earth
Ancestors
Kotan and Chise
Ikoinkar
Tusu and Ue-inkar
Uwepeker
Harukor
The Day of the Snowstorm
The Day of the Melting Snow
Moon's Dew
Iyomante Days
Days of Battle
The Day of Young Greens
A Rainy Winter Day
A Midsummer Day
Huchi's Day of Rest
The Day of the Falling Star
Pasekur
Pasekur's Journey
Shiromainu
Glossary
Bibliography of English-Language Books on the Ainu
Index

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