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When Tengu TalkHirata Atsutane’s Ethnography of the Other World$
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Wilburn Hansen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832094

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832094.001.0001

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Manipulating the Medium

Manipulating the Medium

Separating the Sanjin from the Tengu

(p.74) Chapter 3 Manipulating the Medium
When Tengu Talk

Wilburn Hansen

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter illustrates the Other World that Atsutane helped Torakichi describe. In many ways, the Other World was supposed to be the same as the revealed world, but it was important that Torakichi also showed it to be qualitatively different. Indeed, the plants and animals of that world were mostly the same as the revealed world, but certain fantastic examples were introduced from time to time. However, the ultimate goal of the ethnography was to discover the practitioners of Atsutane’s Ancient Way who resided there. The process by which Atsutane discovered the sanjin hiding among the tengu is a prime example of how an eager ethnographer can manipulate a willing native informant into telling him exactly what he wants to hear.

Keywords:   Other World, Hirata Atsutane, Kozo Torakichi, revealed world, Ancient Way, sanjin, tengu

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