On the Margins of Japanese Religion
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.
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