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Genji Shibukawa: Tales from the Kojiki

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Miki T

on 18 December 2013

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Transcript of Genji Shibukawa: Tales from the Kojiki

Class Structure
This story is set in a polytheistic culture (with many gods)
But mainly focuses on two gods
They believed that everything was made by the gods
The islands of Japan are thought to be the children of Izanagi and Izanami
Power Structure
This myth is set in a patriarchal culture
The culture has effected the story because Izanagi and Izanami weren't able to have strong child
Until Izanami fixed her mistake
which was speaking before Izanagi during the wedding
Cultural Values
Japanese culture revolved around respecting the gods
If people disobey and do not follow the gods’ laws, then they will suffer from misfortune
Until they ask for forgiveness and reform
Going backwards
Would not be enjoyable for females
Obedience / Follower
Surrendering to the Gods
No rights
No risks
No advances
At 1st the world is described to be a sphere of water
The weather would be dark and gloomy
Then once Izanagi and Izanami make the rest of the islands the world is then full of life
this shows that with the god's help anything can happen.
Genji Shibukawa: Tales from the Kojiki
Izanagi and Izanami
For example
Behaviors like a woman addressing the man first in Japan are considered unacceptable
Women who do this will be punished by the gods
Like making her unable to produce children for her husband
Izanami-no-Mikoto is a goddess of both creation and death
Izanagi Izanami's husband
Japanese Myth
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