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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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Cosmologies of Law

Cosmologies of Law

Exile in the Legal Imagination

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Imagining Exile in Heian Japan

Jonathan Stockdale

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explains the imagination of exile in the ritsuryo law codes of the early Japanese state in Nara Japan. The chapter continues by examining the customary abolition of execution, in favor of exile, in the legal practice of the Heian court. In order to account for this abolition over a period of 347 years, the chapter examines the Tale of the Hogen (Hogen monogatari), a history of the Hogen conflict during which execution was reintroduced to the court.

Keywords:   ritsuryo, Taiho, Yoro, law, execution, exile, banishment, Sutoku, Hogen

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