Japanese mythology : hermeneutics on scripture

Jun'ichi Isomae ; translated by Mukund Subramanian

The notion of Japanese mythology was invented in the modern era under the influence of Westernization. Before the modern era, only the notion history existed in Japan. Mythological events were considered historical moments rather than mythology. In this volume Professor Isomae argues that Japanese mythology finds its uniqueness in the persistence of the interpretation of two specific scriptures: Kojiki (Tale of Old Age, written in 712 A.D.) and Nihonshoki (Chronicle of Japanese History, written in 720 A.D.). Under the political banner of Japan, both the Imperial Court and the general public have searched for the origin of their identity in Kojiki and Nihonshoki.In this sense, Japanese mythology, whether it was considered mythology or history, has functioned as scripture. Through the act of commentary and interpretation, the sacred books serve to connect interpreters to their historical origins, authenticating where they came from, the emergence of the Japanese archipelago, and the uniqueness of the Japanese people.This book explores the history of the interpretation of Japanese mythology, the Japanese attraction to this act of historical grounding, and the varying identities that emerged during different historical periods. National and personal identity has always depended on the hermeneutic of scripture, namely Kojiki and Nihonshoki. Consequently, this work will make it evident that there exists no clear and unified substance of Japanese mythology, but rather a nostalgic desire to go back to historical origins and authenticate identity through the interpretation of scripture.

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The notion of Japanese mythology was invented in the modern era under the influence of Westernization. Before the modern era, only the notion history existed in Japan. Mythological events were considered historical moments rather than mythology. In this volume Professor Isomae argues that Japanese mythology finds its uniqueness in the persistence of the interpretation of two specific scriptures: Kojiki (Tale of Old Age, written in 712 A.D.) and Nihonshoki (Chronicle of Japanese History, written in 720 A.D.). Under the political banner of Japan, both the Imperial Court and the general public have searched for the origin of their identity in Kojiki and Nihonshoki.In this sense, Japanese mythology, whether it was considered mythology or history, has functioned as scripture. Through the act of commentary and interpretation, the sacred books serve to connect interpreters to their historical origins, authenticating where they came from, the emergence of the Japanese archipelago, and the uniqueness of the Japanese people.This book explores the history of the interpretation of Japanese mythology, the Japanese attraction to this act of historical grounding, and the varying identities that emerged during different historical periods. National and personal identity has always depended on the hermeneutic of scripture, namely Kojiki and Nihonshoki. Consequently, this work will make it evident that there exists no clear and unified substance of Japanese mythology, but rather a nostalgic desire to go back to historical origins and authenticate identity through the interpretation of scripture.

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[目次]

  • 1. National History, Shinto and Myth: General Remarks on the History of the Interpretation of the Kiki2. The Canon and Variants: An Examination of the Mythology of Sysanowo3. Myth in Metamorphosis: Ancient and Medieval Versions of the Yamatotakeru Legend4. Myth and Rationality: Understanding God in the Early-Modern and Modern Period5. Myth and Nationalism: Motoori Norinaga's Creation Myths6. The Space of Historical Discourse: Ishimoda Sho's Theory of the Heroic Age

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[目次]

  • 1. National History, Shinto and Myth: General Remarks on the History of the Interpretation of the Kiki2. The Canon and Variants: An Examination of the Mythology of Sysanowo3. Myth in Metamorphosis: Ancient and Medieval Versions of the Yamatotakeru Legend4. Myth and Rationality: Understanding God in the Early-Modern and Modern Period5. Myth and Nationalism: Motoori Norinaga's Creation Myths6. The Space of Historical Discourse: Ishimoda Sho's Theory of the Heroic Age

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書名 Japanese mythology : hermeneutics on scripture
著作者等 磯前 順一
Isomae Jun'ichi
Subramanian Mukund
書名別名 記紀神話のメタヒストリー

Kiki shinwa no metahisutori
シリーズ名 Religion in culture : studies in social contest and construction
Nichibunken monograph series
出版元 Equinox
刊行年月 2009, c2010
ページ数 viii, 181 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 9781845531836
9781845531829
NCID BB02122065
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言語 英語
原文言語 日本語
出版国 イギリス
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