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Eccentric Spaces, Hidden HistoriesNarrative, Ritual, and Royal Authority from The Chronicles of Japan to The Tale of the Heike$
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David T. Bialock

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804751582

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804751582.001.0001

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The Modern Construction of Yin-Yang and Daoist Studies

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Eccentric Spaces, Hidden Histories
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This chapter examines the construction of yin-yang and Daoism in modern studies. It analyzes how the construction of a modern academic discourse on China, exemplified in the work of Tsuda Sokichi, has turned yin-yang and Daoism into objects of serious academic study while effectively removing them as significant factors in discussions of ancient Japanese religious practices. It attempts to relocate lyrical poems from Man'yōshū in a discourse of yin-yang and Daoist ideas that constituted an important element in the ideology that undergird ancient royal authority. This chapter also shows how ideas already adumbrated as early as Keichū were subsequently amplified and given a new direction in Meiji and early twentieth-century discussions about national emergence.

Keywords:   yin-yang, Daoism, Tsuda Sokichi, Japanese religious practice, Man'yōsū, Keichū, national emergence, lyrical poems

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