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By Michael Ashkenazi

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Grade 10 Up-Ashkenazi's enticing and informative guidebook starts with a hundred pages of context. He emphasizes the ancient, spiritual, and social flooring for, and gives an summary of, either Shinto and Buddhist myths. This splendidly bright and compact creation tells the middle tales and offers key anthropological info explaining the role(s) of myths. The author's lucid, available, or even funny variety lightens the awesome scholarship. His account levels largely over background and tradition, with out wasting its coherence or relevance to mythology. Shinto tales are associated in a accomplished narrative; Ashkenazi additionally comprises Ryukyu and Ainu myths. the ultimate two-thirds of the amount is constructed from designated alphabetical entries for significant figures and ideas (with a few overlap), annotated print and nonprint assets, a word list, and an intensive bibliography of fundamental assets. person entries are even more specified than these in Jeremy Roberts's jap Mythology A to Z (Facts On dossier, 2003) or David Leeming's A Dictionary of Asian Mythology (Oxford, 2001). jap paintings enriches the cultural context. Williams's quantity follows a similar layout, and contains an analogous scholarly is helping (e.g., significant entries have references, extra readings, and cross-references). there isn't any primary-sources record, however the annotated print and nonprint part is bigger. The introductory essays are part the size of Ashkenazi's and keep away from contested matters. Williams isn't really a sleek stylist. doubtful antecedents, misused phrases, nonparallel or awkward buildings, and different writing lapses are off-putting and occasionally vague that means. regardless of the writer's visible erudition, this presentation of Hindu mythology is not likely to attract scholars to the field.-Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's tuition, Newport, RI

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The following classification is an attempt to clarify the concepts used here in a way that is accessible to the average reader. However, you should be aware that a number of scholars have classified the deities in other ways. For example, all the Shintπ deities can fall into “job” classifications, that is, by their responsibilities and functions: agriculture, war, health, and so on. For us the problem is that many kami cross these divides and thus will appear in more than one category. Another classical category much beloved by folklorists is to classify kami by their nature.

A second fleet of 100,000 Mongols and Chinese arrived from Southern China. The two fleets landed men at Hakata Bay, one of the expected landing points that the Japanese had fortified with a wall. The fighting lasted for about fifty days. At the end of that period another typhoon arose. Both invading fleets were heavily damaged, losing over two-thirds of their ships and manpower. The repeatedly miraculous nature of the Mongol defeat, combined with the claims by the clergy that the Japanese victory was due to divine intervention, meant that the idea of the kamikaze, the divine wind that helps Japan defeat its enemies, became enshrined deeply as a national myth.

The enraged emperor shouted so fiercely at the stone that it got up and ran off the road! His mother, being engaged in the conquest of Korea while she was pregnant with the future emperor, tied a girdle hung with stones tightly around her waist and so delayed the birth for three years. It is possible that the Korean connection was also partly responsible for the renown of Hachiman: The rise of his popularity coincided with the loss of the Japanese colonies on the Korean Peninsula, and someone perhaps saw the need for a bit of spin-doctoring.

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