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Title The Kojiki : an account of ancient matters / [compiled by] no Yasumaro ; translated by Gustav Heldt.

Publication Info. New York : Columbia University Press, [2014]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Rock Island Main Lib Adult Non-Fiction - RIPG-6  952.01 KOJ    AVAILABLE
Description xxv, 279 pages ; 24 cm.
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Translations from the Asian classics
Translations from the Asian classics.
Note Translated from the Japanese.
"The body of the translation is based on Yamaguchi Yoshinori and Knoshi Takamitsu, eds., Kojiki, Shinpen Nihon koten bungaku zenshű (Tokyo: Shgakukan, 1997). ... this version has also benefited from the scholarship of the earlier complete annotated translations into English made by Basil Hall Chamberlain and Donald Phillipi, and Danno Yoko, as well as the word-hoard amassed by more than a century of English-language scholarship on early Japan"-- Preface and author.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Introduction -- Preface -- Book one. The first generations of spirits; Izanagi and Izanami Amaterasu and Susa-no-o; kuni-nushi; Hiko-ho-no-ninigi; Ho-deri and hoho-demi -- Book two. Sovereign Jinmu; Sovereign Suisei; Sovereign Annei; Sovereign Itoku; Sovereign Ksh; Sovereign Kan; Sovereign Krei; Sovereign Kgen; Sovereign Kaika; Sovereign Sujin; Sovereign Suinin; Sovereign Keik; Sovereign Seimu; Sovereign Chai; Sovereign jin -- Book three. Sovereign Nintoku; Sovereign Rich; Sovereign Hanzei; Sovereign Ingy; Sovereign Ank; Sovereign Yryaku; Sovereign Seinei; Sovereign Kenz; Sovereign Ninken; Sovereign Buretsu; Sovereign Keitai; Sovereign Ankan; Sovereign Senka; Sovereign Kinmei; Sovereign Bidatsu; Sovereign Ymei; Sovereign Sushun; Sovereign Suiko -- Glossary of general terms -- Glossary of personal names -- Glossary of place names -- Map 1. Ancient lands of Yamato Japan -- Map 2. Central Yamato.
Summary "The Kojiki, previously translated as "A Record of Ancient Matters," is considered to be the first literary work in the history of Japan. It is a compilation of myths, history, songs, legends, genealogies, and other disparate works from which written history and literature were later created. The Kojiki tells of the origins of the four home islands of Japan central to the inspiration behind Shinto practices. The work moves in loosely historical progression starting with the creation of Japan in the age of the gods and the descent to earth of the ancestor of the imperial family through the reign of the legendary first sovereign, Emperor Jinmu, and successive rulers up to the reign of the 33rd sovereign, Empress Suiko (who reigned from 592-618). The creation myth describes the origin of Japan through a musuhi or spontaneous power through which the gods came into existence. After seven generations of gods are created by this force the last generation, male and female gods, called Ianagi and Izanami, create the islands of Japan. The two then give birth to the gods of various natural phenomena, including gods of the sea and rivers, of the mountains and plains, of the wind and, finally, of fire, who causes the death of the goddess Izanami. The male deity Izanagi then gives birth himself to the central figure in the Kojiki mythology, the Sun Goddess Amaterasu. Her descendant, the god Ninigi, comes down from heaven to earth and becomes the ancestor of the Yamato emperors"-- Provided by publisher.
Language Translated from the Japanese.
Chronological Term To 645
Subject Mythology, Japanese.
Japanese literature -- Translations into English.
Japanese literature. (OCoLC)fst00981803
Kings and rulers. (OCoLC)fst00987694
Mythology, Japanese. (OCoLC)fst01031838
Shinto. (OCoLC)fst01116066
Japan -- History -- To 645.
Japan -- Kings and rulers.
Japan. (OCoLC)fst01204082
Genre/Form Translations. (OCoLC)fst01423791
Added Author , Yasumaro, -723, compiler.
Heldt, Gustav, translator.
Added Title Kojiki. English.
ISBN 9780231163880 (cloth) (alkaline paper)
0231163886 (cloth) (alkaline paper)
9780231163897 (paperback)
0231163894 (paperback)

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