The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters (Translations from the Asian Classics)

Cover Art for 9780231163897, The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters (Translations from the Asian Classics) by No Yasumaro O
ISBN: 9780231163897
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Published: 28 October, 2014
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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Written in the early eighth century, the Kojiki is considered JapanÕs first literary and historical work. A compilation of myths, legends, songs, and genealogies, it recounts the birth of JapanÕs islands, reflecting the origins of Japanese civilization and future Shinto practice. The Kojiki provides insight into the lifestyle, religious beliefs, politics, and history of early Japan, and for centuries has shaped the nationÕs view of its past. This innovative rendition conveys the rich appeal of the Kojiki to a general readership by translating the names of characters to clarify their contribution to the narrative while also translating place names to give a vivid sense of the landscape the characters inhabit, as well as an understanding of where such places are today. Gustav HeldtÕs expert organization reflects the textÕs original sentence structure and repetitive rhythms, enhancing the readerÕs appreciation for its sophisticated style of storytelling.

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