HST 369 Notes - Week 11

HST 369 Notes - Week 11 - HST 369 Notes Week 11 11/5/07 Zen...

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HST 369 Notes – Week 11 11/5/07 Zen and Muromachi Culture Yoshimitsu, Zen, and the Arts in Muromachi Japan Yoshimitsu and the Arts - New level of warrior involvement - Sets standard for shogunal patronage - Opens higher culture to new forms - Increases social variety - New groups are around and involvd in the social scene - renga – linked verse poetry; tanka 57577 - Noh theatre - Kyogen – comic theatre - monoawase – grouping objects game - Lower ranked Buddhist people - Zen priests - Chinese influence stuff Gozan – The five mountain temple system. The most important Zen temples Ming period Vases - Chinese porcelain/pottery pricey because the Japanese still can’t make it. Tonseisha – low/unranked guys who became Buddhism priests; unauthorized taking of vows; became specialists in the arts - basara = rowdy, vulgar extravagance - doboushu = experts in everything. the discriminate fashion and stuff 11/7/07 Discussion Questions 1. How do these three Noh plays compare to other types of plays that you have seen or read? 2. Who is the main character (shite) in each play? What problems are they wrestling with? How are they different from or similar to each other? What function does the supporting character (waki) serve? 3. What evidence is there of Buddhist influence in these plays? The mindest of Nō is described very much like that of Zen Buddhism Y ū gen – like some attainment like nirvana but not quite the same concept Buddhism – the 1 st part of the 1 st thing is about the transmigration of the soul. It’s basically like the Buddhist version of a gospel sermon Class Notes: Noh Theatre
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Principle characters - shite (before and after) - waki (supporting character; moves the action along; often a Buddhist priest
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