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Imagining Exile in Heian JapanBanishment in Law, Literature, and Cult$
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Jonathan Stockdale

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839833

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839833.001.0001

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Origin Myths

Origin Myths

Susano-o, Orikuchi Shinobu, and the Imagination of Exile in Early Japan

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Imagining Exile in Heian Japan

Jonathan Stockdale

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter traces the role of exile in the earliest chronicles of the Japanese court, focusing on the banishment of the god Susano-o narrated in those royal chronicles. The chapter also explains why the theories of the ethnologist Orikuchi Shinobu regarding exile narratives in early Japan are inadequate to fully understand the role of exile in narratives of the early Japanese court.

Keywords:   Susano-o, Orikuchi Shinobu, Kojiki, Nihon shoki, Izumo, Izumo kamuyogoto, public transcript

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