Handbook of Japanese Mythology (Google eBook)

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ABC-CLIO, Jan 1, 2003 - Religion - 375 pages
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"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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User Review  - Jill - Goodreads

This thing is more like a textbook than a handbook - I'll be lucky if I make it through the whole thing by the time it's due back to the library. It's different from most other books on mythology ... Read full review


1 Introduction
2 Mythic Time and Space
3 Deities Themes and Concepts
4 Annotated Print and Nonprint Resources
Appendix Primary Sources
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About the author (2003)

MICHAEL ASHKENAZI is a scholar specializing in Japanese food and culture. He is the co-author, with his wife, Jeanne Jacob, of The Essence of Japanese Cuisine: An Essay on Food and Culture (2000).

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