Ritual Poetry and the Politics of Death in Early Japan

ISBN-10: 0691019290
ISBN-13: 9780691019291
Edition: 1989
Authors: Gary L. Ebersole
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $62.50
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/17/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 350
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

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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