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When Tengu Talk: Hirata Atsutane’s Ethnography of the Other World

Wilburn Hansen

Abstract

Hirata Atsutane (1776–1843) has been the subject of numerous studies that focus on his importance to nationalist politics and Japanese intellectual and social history. Although well known as an ideologue of Japanese National Learning (Kokugaku), Atsutane’s significance as a religious thinker has been largely overlooked. This book focuses on Senkyō ibun (1822), which centers on Atsutane’s interviews with a fourteen-year-old Edo street urchin named Kozo Torakichi who claimed to be an apprentice tengu, a supernatural creature of Japanese folklore. It uncovers how Atsutane employed a deliberate me ... More

Keywords: Hirata Atsutane, Edo Japan, religious thinker, Senkyō ibun, tengu, Japanese folklore, supernatural, Shinto holy man, Kozo Torakichi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832094
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832094.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wilburn Hansen, author
San Diego State University