Written by imperial command in the eighth century, The Kojiki: Records of Ancient Matters is Japan’s classic of classics, the oldest connected literary work and. Written by imperial command in the eighth century, The Kojiki: Records of Ancient Matters is Japan’s classic of classics, the oldest connected. Kojiki or Furukotofumi (古事記), also known in English as The Records of Ancient Matters, is the oldest surviving historical book dealing with the.

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Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. The epic in Japan View More. Emperor Jimmu Tagishimimi Kesshi Hachidai.

World War II, conflict that involved virtually every ancietn of the world during the years — There are some god short stories of the amidst the accounting, but there are also several mediocre ones and they don’t really piece together in any way or really expand the Shinto mythos; more on the scale of folk tales. The family had already been in power a long time even when this book was written.

Then there is the court poetry near the end of the text. Those intersted in the early history of Japan.

After awhile, while even agreeing with the Japanese commentaries, I find myself wondering if Chamberlain isn’t begrudgingly throwing such scholarship a bone. A must read for any fan of japanese history and mythology. A nessecary text for anyone studying religion or Japan.

The overall reading problem was so difficult that I will probably buy another copy of the Kojiki and read the whole thing over. Japan history of Japan In Japan: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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The Kojiki

Important for its wealth of information, The Kojiki is indispensable to anyone interested in things Japanese. To ask other readers questions about The Kojiki matterx, please sign up. In response, the companion will create their own verse, agreeing with the situation, yet augmenting the problem by pointing out the difficulties faced on his or her end of things.


Chamberlain’s comments, while perhaps appropriate for a paper on Japanese scholarship and its shortcomings, is not appropriate in footnote to a translated work. I worked on this for four years, on and off. University of Newcastle Library. I think for anyone interested in the spiritual and historical heritage of Japan, would find these lengthy lists of interest.

In form, it is more similar to Aesop’s Fables. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. Oceanic [mythology] Roland Burrage Dixon Full view – Skip to content Skip to search.

Second star is only to recognize that researching this text in Japanese and translating it into English was an immense rcords. Login to add to list. It will be a bit heavy and difficult to follow for the non-scholar, at ancuent it was rrcords me.

The Kojiki is an important source book for ceremonies, customs, divination, and magical practices of ancient Japan. There is a danger in translating works from other languages, especially languages that are fundamentally different from English.

Help us improve this article! It really matters what translation you choose – I enjoyed this version much more than the older one I had read before and it was kind of nice to skip the Latin this time around If you are looking for a reference book concerning the history of Japan and Shintoism, then purchase a copy, but I recommend that if you have any desire of enjoying the account of ancient matters in English, that you find a translation that doesn’t translate the names, that way the flow isn’t stagnated after nearly every sentence.

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I know that Basil Hall Chamberlain lived in the 19th century, but he must have known, even then, that some of his readers, professors or scholars, who were and are not conversant in Latin to make heads 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.


Jun 01, Michael Havens rated it liked it Recommends it for: However, even this cannot shroud the wonderful story-telling. These 8 locations in All: Near the end there is a list of emperors, with summaries of their reigns, what they achieved and what happened in their eras.

Lists What are lists? You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. Nel secondo capitolo inizia con il regno del primo imperatore, Jinmu, fino all’imperatore Ojin.

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The 8th generation of gods and goddesses sisters married to their brothers is iza-na-me, the woman who invites, and iza-na-gi, the man with the holy sword, go down to earth and start living their, producing children, 50 female, 50 male. I needn’t say more.

That said, the appendices alone are worth the price of this edition, if you like that sort of thing, which I do. There are the sieges against an enemy.

There was a problem with your submission. Thank you for your feedback. University of Western Australia. Of course, something like this is always mattfrs in the original language. When they say this book is an “account” they really mean it. Both works are extremely important, for they draw on oral or written traditions handed down from much earlier times.