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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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Conclusion

Conclusion

On the Margins of Japanese Religion

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Imagining Exile in Heian Japan
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Jonathan Stockdale

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839833.003.0006

This chapter explores the worship of Emperor Sutoku as a vengeful spirit from the Heian period to the modern era in Japan. The chapter argues that myth, literature, cult, and law cannot be considered as separate fields of inquiry, and shows through the study of the Sutoku cult how those fields were intertwined in historical discourse and practice. Finally, the chapter argues that while exile has disappeared in modern Japan and is largely absent from academic discussions of Japan, the topic of exile and banishment provides a crucial key for understanding the Japanese court during the classical period of Heian Japan.

Keywords:   Saigyo, Sutoku, Hogen, Meiji, Ugetsu monogatari, Meiji

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