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Oct30th Early Japan: Yamato, Nara, and Heian Beginnings - Japanese now seems as homogenous, but likely of mixed origin - Japanese language similar in grammar to Korean, but some vocabulary and sound system similar to some Southeast Asian languages - Ainu-hairy northerners - Jomon culture-up to 3 rd century BCE Yayoi Culture (post 3 rd century BCE) - Very different from Jomon culture - Close cultural contacts with Korea and Japan - Construction of mound tombs after 3 rd century CE Legends and Histories - Japan first mentioned in Chinese records dating from 57 CE - Known as the Wa people - Kojiki and Nihon shoki - compilations of native Japanese legends - Creation results from male and female deities having children The Imperial Line - Descended fro the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu - First legendary emperor was Jinmu in 660 BCE - Imperia regalia of bronze mirror, ten pronged sword, and necklace of curved jewels similar to Korean styles Japanese Society - Organised into household tribes ( uji ) - Headed by a hereditary chief and worshipped a tribal god ( kami ) - Uji subdivided into occupational groups (be) - Many uji gathered together - Most powerful gathering founded the Yamato state in the 6 th century CE Japanese Religion - Each
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course HISTORY 040 taught by Professor Xxx during the Spring '08 term at UWO.

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