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Kojiki � The Records of Ancient Matters

Kojiki � The Records of Ancient Matters - Kojiki The...

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Kojiki – The Records of Ancient Matters - The oldest surviving book in Japan; composed by Ōno Yasumaro in 712 A.D. and presented by him to Emperor Temmu. - Partially transcribed the stories that used to be recited by Hieda no Are. - Written in man’yōgana - Divided into three parts: mythological eras; 1 st ~15st emperors’ periods; 16 th ~33 rd emperors periods. - The politically motivated chronicle that was meant to confirm the legitimacy of the Imperial Throne. - The first part (our reading in the textbook) focuses on the deities of creation and the births of various deities. - The second part includes the story that narrates Emperor Jimmu’s conquest of Japan. - The third part describes the later emperors’ reigns in Japan. Unlike the
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