Clans and Genealogy in Ancient Japan: Legends of Ancestor Worship

1st Edition

Masanobu Suzuki

Published February 14, 2017
Reference - 288 Pages - 9 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138282131 - CAT# Y316201
Series: Routledge-WIAS Interdisciplinary Studies


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In recent years, there has been a noticeable and enthusiastic increase of interest in Buddhist temples and Shintō shrines in Japan. The legends of these temples and shrines are recorded in many historical manuscripts and these genealogies have such great significance that some of them have been registered as national treasures of Japan. They are indispensable to elucidate the history of these temples and shrines, in addition to the formation process of the ancient Japanese nation.

This book provides a comprehensive examination of the genealogies and legends of ancient Japanese clans. It advances the study of ancient Japanese history by utilizing new analytical perspective from not only the well-known historical manuscripts relied upon by previous researchers, but also valuable genealogies and legends that previous researchers largely neglected.

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