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Consideration on Mythological Elements in Process of Conspiracy and Bathing of the God Okusare of Sen and Chihiro's Spiriting Away -From the perspective of Misogi by god Izanagi in the Kojiki-

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2019, (80), pp.223-237
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..80.201902.223
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : November 30, 2018
  • Accepted : February 1, 2019
  • Published : February 28, 2019

Park, Shin Young 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

Sen and Chihiro's Spiriting Away was produced in 2001 by Studio Ghibli and gained global acceptance when it won awards at the Berlin Film Festival and the American Academy Awards. The hot springs for gods, the appearance of various gods, and the background itself show vague relationships with classic literature such as myths and traditions. In this thesis, we examine the relevance of Sen and Chihiro's Spiriting Away, especially in regard to Misogi, which can be seen in the story of Okusare. At first, the god appears as a stinking, muddy shape that is avoided by everyone, but when the dirt and garbage are removed, Okusare is transformed into a precious being. In addition, after the mud is washed away, gold dust remains, and he gives a valuable "Nigadango" to the Sen. This structure is similar to Izanagi in the Kojiki in which deities are generated after removal of clouding with crow. The concept of impurity that has changed with the times but has continued to influence contemporary culture, and it is a modern reproduction of this structure that noble things appear when it is removed.

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