The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters

Hardcover | September 9, 2014

byno Yasumaro O

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Japan's oldest surviving narrative, the eighth-century Kojiki, chronicles the mythical origins of its islands and their ruling dynasty through a diverse array of genealogies, tales, and songs that have helped to shape the modern nation's views of its ancient past. Gustav Heldt's engaging new translation of this revered classic aims to make the Kojiki accessible to contemporary readers while staying true to the distinctively dramatic and evocative appeal of the original's language. It conveys the rhythms that structure the Kojiki's animated style of storytelling and translates the names of its many people and places to clarify their significance within the narrative. An introduction, glossaries, maps, and bibliographies offer a wealth of additional information about Japan's earliest extant record of its history, literature, and religion.

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Japan's oldest surviving narrative, the eighth-century Kojiki, chronicles the mythical origins of its islands and their ruling dynasty through a diverse array of genealogies, tales, and songs that have helped to shape the modern nation's views of its ancient past. Gustav Heldt's engaging new translation of this revered classic aims to...

O no Yasumaro (d. 723) was a nobleman of the Japanese court whose O clan ruled over an area bearing the same name near the eighth-century capital of Nara.Gustav Heldt is an associate professor of Japanese literature at the University of Virginia and the author of The Pursuit of Harmony: Poetry and Power in Early Heian Japan.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:September 9, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231163886

ISBN - 13:9780231163880

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPrefaceBook OneThe First Generations of SpiritsIzanagi and IzanamiAmaterasu and Susa-no-oOkuni-nushiHiko-ho-no-ninigiHo-deri and Hoho-demiBook TwoSovereign JinmuSovereign SuiseiSovereign AnneiSovereign ItokuSovereign KoshoSovereign KoanSovereign KoreiSovereign KogenSovereign KaikaSovereign Sujin Sovereign SuininSovereign KeikoSovereign SeimuSovereign ChuaiSovereign OjinBook ThreeSovereign NintokuSovereign RichuSovereign HanzeiSovereign IngyoSovereign AnkoSovereign YuryakuSovereign SeineiSovereign KenzoSovereign NinkenSovereign BuretsuSovereign KeitaiSovereign AnkanSovereign SenkaSovereign KinmeiSovereign BidatsuSovereign YomeiSovereign SushunSovereign SuikoGlossary of General TermsGlossary of Personal NamesGlossary of Place NamesMap 1. Ancient Lands of Yamato JapanMap 2. Central YamatoBibliography

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This rich and accessible translation will be welcomed by specialists and students alike, and will no doubt invite renewed interest in the Kojiki as literature in the English reading audience.