Jun 01, Michael Havens rated it liked it Recommends it for: Those intersted in the early history of Japan. Kojiki, or Records, is one of the oldest existing documents, besides the Nihongi Chronicles , which covers the very early history of Japan. It is rich with mythic allusions, hundreds and hundreds of Japanese Deities Kami , and is highly influenced by the nature-based, nationalistic religion of Shintoism. Up until recently, this work was considered to be the oldest work, surpassing Nihongi, but recent scholarship has shown that indeed, the Nihongi receives this distinction.

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Gukazahn Kojiki Japanese religious text As instruction about the origins of Japanese cultural context and the basis of Shinto, Kojiki anciennt essential. The Kojiki itself is interesting reading, but this edition is not. So the book cover is anachronistic and misleading. Kojiki — Wikisource, the free online library Published September 15th by Tuttle Publishing first published I found it very difficult to follow who was what and when the translator was talking about a deity or a piece of land.

There is a danger in translating works from other languages, especially languages that are fundamentally different from English. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. The names were translated into English, which was not a very good thing when you go from Izanagi-to-He Who Beckons for every mention of the character.

Even still, it took quite a bit of work to finish the job, particularly creating bitmaps of hundreds of images of Chinese and Japanese characters. Finally, kojioi of the numbers referring to the footnotes or the footnotes themselves are either hard to read, or are placed in the wrong place, where you would expect to find a train of thought on a tagged line to be.

Created not long after the conclusion of the tumultuous Jinshin Rebellionthe Kojiki establishes a pro-Yamato narrative of history which combined with what would become the officially accepted imperial narrative, the Nihon Shoki, would help secure both a historical as well as a divine legitimacy and superiority to a dynasty which would survive up to the atomic era.

Koji The kojiki The Records of Ancient Matters describes the beginning of Japanese myth with the decision of gods and goddesses in heaven to make the earth pleasend for their issues. These online bookshops told us they have this item: This narrative clearly sets forth the divine mandate by which the Yamato line has right to rule, and through the rhetoric used in the Age of Human Emperors, much of it borrowed from Chinese sources, the historical and military qualifications were likewise established.

The Kojiki is divided into jojiki parts: Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Japanese epic literature In epic: I know that Basil Hall Chamberlain lived in the 19th century, but he must have recrods, even then, that some of his readers, professors or scholars, who were and are not conversant in Latin to make record or tails of the text!

Izanagi is also featured as the Kami, who, along with her companion, created Japan out of drops of ink dripping from the blade of a long spear. No trivia or quizzes yet. Both works are extremely important, for they draw on oral or written traditions handed down from much earlier times. The Kojiki The overall reading problem was so difficult that I will probably buy another copy of the Kojiki and read the whole kijiki over. Basil Hall Chamberlain Translator.


The Kojiki: Records of Ancient Matters

World Religions At Your Fingertips. The Kojiki is one of the two primary sources for Shinto, the Japanese national religion. It also has a lengthy section concerning matteers subjugation and conquest of wild peoples by the emperors and their warriors. There was a problem with your submission.



Having heard a song in a dream, he felt that he should continue the succession; having reached the water at night, he knew that he should receive the inheritance. Suddenly riding in the Imperial Palanquin, he forced his way across mountains and rivers: the Six Divisions rolled like thunder, the Three Hosts sped like lightning. The erect spears lifted up their might, and the bold warriors arose like smoke: the crimson flags glistened among the weapons, and the ill-omened crew were shattered like tiles. Or ere a day had elapsed, the evil influences were purified: forthwith were the cattle let loose and the horses given repose, as with shouts of victory they returned to the Flowery Summer; the flags were rolled up and the javelins put away, as with dances and chants they came to rest in the capital city. Having grasped the celestial seals, he was paramount over the Six Cardinal Points; having obtained the heavenly supremacy, he annexed the Eight Wildernesses.

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