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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 Yin and the Yang of Power

The Yin and the Yang of Power

(p.33) 2 The Yin and the Yang of Power
Eccentric Spaces, Hidden Histories
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This chapter explores the role of the yin-yang in providing the constructive elements that define ancient Japanese principles of kingship. It analyzes how yin-yang contributed to the symbolic language of royal authority by relating it to narrative structure in Nihon shoki, calendrical procedures, prognostication, geomancy and the cosmogonic theories that informed the mythological portions of the chronicles. This chapter also examines the expression of power in Japanese literature and looks at the two contrasting approaches in articulating the phenomena of a yin-yang and Daoist matrix in Japan.

Keywords:   yin-yang, kingship, Japan, royal authority, Nihon shoki, cosmogonic theories, prognostication, geomancy, Japanese literature, Daoist matrix

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