Sansh� the Steward and The Third Night

Sansh� the Steward and The Third Night - Sansh the...

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Sanshō the Steward (1915) by Mori Ōgai - The itinerary – the northern Japan Etchu, Noto, Echizen, Wakasa, Yura (the Japan Sea) - The travelers (mother, Ubatake the servant woman, Anju the daughter, and Zushiō the son) in the provincial town where there is a strange decree issued by the governor stipulating that no travelers can stop there overnight due to the prevalence of slave traders. - Yamaoka Tayu offers a kind help for the travelers. He accommodates them at his house, yet, the mother and Ubatake cannot stop feeling uneasiness while not completely trusting Yamaoka. Then, to continue their trip, they take a sea root. (p.7) - Shortly after their trip begins, the slave traders separate mother/Ubatake and children into different ships. Sado replies with a strange, figurative expression: “I hear the Chief Priest of the Rengebuji says that any boat you board is the ship of the Buddha, bound for the same Other Shore!” What does Sado’s expression suggest? - Talismanic objects: Anju – the guardian amulet with the image of Jizō; Jizo is one of the Buddhist deity who protects children from adversities; Jizo Bodhisattava, Ruler of Light (25). Zushio – the sword given by his father (p.8); the amulet
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