This chapter studies the Japanese mytheme of divine emperorship. As a rule, power becomes accepted only when sacralized. Indeed, rulership without religious sanction is power without legitimacy. It is not that some cultures sacralize authority and others don't; all do somehow and often in similar ways. In the fifth century, for instance, Koguryŏ kings appealed to Heaven and the Sun, as Yamato kings did later. The differences between traditions called upon for conjuring up an enchanted world for political power can be reduced to a question of modality, as a matter of what sort of symbolics is put to the task of such a world-making enterprise.
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