The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters by no Yasumaro OThe Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters by no Yasumaro O

The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters

byno Yasumaro O

Paperback | September 9, 2014

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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.

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.
Title:The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient MattersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pagesPublished:September 9, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231163894

ISBN - 13:9780231163897


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

Editorial Reviews

Gustav Heldt's translation of the Kojiki provides the English-speaking reader with the easiest access to Japan's oldest extant book.