Handbook of Japanese Mythology

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ABC-CLIO, 2003 - Social Science - 375 pages

An introductory guide to the mythology of Japan--one of the most pervasive yet least understood facets of Japanese culture.

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.

* An extensive glossary of all Japanese terms used in the text, as well as important concepts and historical features

* An annotated bibliography citing every print and nonprint source for the book, pointing the way toward further research


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

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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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