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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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Royalizing the Realm and the Ritualization of Violence

Royalizing the Realm and the Ritualization of Violence

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(p.111) 4 Royalizing the Realm and the Ritualization of Violence
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Eccentric Spaces, Hidden Histories
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804751582.003.0005

This chapter compares how the historical narratives Kojiki and Nihon shoki manipulate legendary material, focusing on the Yamato Takeru narrative and Emperor Jimmu's subjugation chronicle. It explains that while Nihon shoki was established as the official history of the court, the Kojiki was relegated to marginal status throughout much of the premodern period. This chapter also examines how the construction of a religio-political center brought about a new awareness of the nomadic, understood as both itinerancy and volatile sacred speech, which now becomes the object of new efforts by the center to capture it ritually. It also suggests that the tennō's claim to mediate sacred speech was linked to the violence that arose from the consolidation of a religio-political center.

Keywords:   historical narratives, Kojiki, Nihon shoki, Yamato Takeru narrative, Emperor Jimmu, religio-political center, scared speech, tennō, violence

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