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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 Apocryphal History of Kiyomori

The Apocryphal History of Kiyomori

(p.272) 8 The Apocryphal History of Kiyomori
Eccentric Spaces, Hidden Histories
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This chapter examines the The Tale of the Heike as an apocryphal history of Taira no Kiyomori. It focuses on the episodes about Kiyomori's kaburo who served as his spies, the identification of Kiyomori as the reincarnation of the demon-subjugating general Jie Taishi and legends of Kiyomori's heterodox royal parentage in the “Gion Lady.” This chapter discusses Kiyomori's achievement of symbolic authority over the demonic and defiled realms and suggests that this royal authority and practices are similar to those of Emperor Go-Shirakawa and Go-Daigo.

Keywords:   The Tale of the Heike, apocryphal history, Taira no Kiyomori, kaburo, Jie Taishi, Gion Lady, symbolic authority, royal authority, Go-Shirakawa, Go-Daigo

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