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Lovable LosersThe Heike in Action and Memory$
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Mikael S. Adolphson and Anne Commons

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824846756

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824846756.001.0001

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Horrified Victors

Horrified Victors

Spirit Pacification of Heike Losers

(p.166) Chapter Nine Horrified Victors
Lovable Losers

Naoko Gunji

University of Hawai'i Press

The spiritual appeasement of the Heike dead is the central concern of this essay, which examines the revival of Amidaji, close to the final battle location of Dan no ura, as a mortuary temple for Emperor Antoku (1178-1185; r. 1180-1183) and other Ise Taira casualties of the war. The author situates Amidaji’s revival within an array of activities, including the production of the Heike monogatari, that were intended to pacify the Heike dead and thus protect the imperial state. These activities, carried out not only by Heike relatives and supporters, but also by the Heike’s former enemies, are discussed within the broader context of spirit pacification (chinkon) in premodern Japan.

Keywords:   Amidaji, chinkon, Myōa, Go-Shirakawa, Minamoto no Yoritomo, Antoku, Dan no ura

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