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Imagining Exile in Heian Japan: Banishment in Law, Literature, and Cult

Jonathan Stockdale


For nearly 350 years during the Heian period in Japan (794-1185), execution was customarily abolished in favor of banishment. During the same period, exile emerged widely as a concern within literature and legends, in poetry and diaries, and in the cultic imagination, expressed in oracles and revelations. While on the one hand banishment was simply one sanction available to the state, it was also something more: exile provided a trope through which members of court society imagined the banishment of gods, of heavenly beings from the moon, of legendary and literary characters, and of historical ... More

Keywords: Heian Japan, execution, banishment, exile, literature, oracle, law code, vengeful spirits, court society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824839833
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Stockdale, author
University of Puget Sound

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