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Amateras as the sun god: centering on the story of Yamato Takeru

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2020, (85), pp.129-142
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..85.202005.129
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : February 28, 2020
  • Accepted : April 24, 2020
  • Published : May 31, 2020

kwon hyuk-sung 1

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ABSTRACT

Iwao Yoshii has suggested that the Kojiki was "a piece of work that was carried through with a strong intention" but that it was based on the structure of Tenjin → Tenjin Imperial son → Emperors. This is because the Kojiki is not divided between the story of the gods and the story of the Emperor; both the theory and the concept of the story are consistent. Based on this structure, Takamitsu Konoshi considers Amaterasu Omikami in the Kojiki to be a "nuclear-free" deity who abandons the substance of the day. However, as Konishi states, beyond the axis of the Amenominacanush → Amaterasu, when reading Yoshii's story of Tenjin → Tenjin Imperial son → Emperors from the first volume, the story of the gods, through the story of the Emperor in the middle, to the Emperors, reading the story of the middle and the bottom lines as the story of receiving the first volume, questions arise concerning the view of Amaterasu as a god who abandoned the "substance of the sun." I therefore intend to analyze the tale of Yamato Takeru in the middle volume of the Kojiki and take a fresh look at the nature of Amaterasu.

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