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Ainu Mythology December 3
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Ainu (Human Being) Ainu Mythology Mythology of the Ainu people –the indigenous population of Japan Ainu People Race: Caucasian(?) (vs.the Mongoloid Yamato) Lifestyle: Hunter-gatherer Beliefs: ritualistic, pantheistic Culture: Oral tradition
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Ainu Beliefs Kamui Divinity No inherent distinction between human/nature Bear Supreme kamui Creation Myths Wagtail Slush
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Ainu Ritual Ritual To facilitate the return of the soul to heaven To ensure the proper functioning of nature and society Improper rituals will lead to disease, death, & destruction
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Ainu Ritual Bear Sacrifice
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Unformatted text preview: • Bear Sacrifice – Ritual killing of the bear ear’s soul is released from its ody – Bear’s soul is released from its body – It is ‘sent back’ to heaven – Bear is the supreme kamui – Bear = mountain deity + the Ainus’ ancestor – Bear = life (provides food and fur) Creation Myth(s) • Wagtail Bird • Slush • Creation from chaos/nothing reation of Land • Creation of Land • Human Ancestors according to Ainu beliefs: – dog (p.191), – divine (kamui) – bear, – human, Links • Ainu Museum http://www.ainu-museum.or.jp/english/english.html...
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