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The study on the dual character in <Oh, Harimanada>

  • 日本硏究
  • 2014, (37), pp.207-224
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Published : August 20, 2014

Kim Yongui 1

1전남대학교

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ABSTRACT

Sumo(相撲) is a Japanese national sport. It is generally considered to be a Japanese traditional culture. Japanese Manga has a lot of Sumo Manga. Among them, <Oh, Harimanada> is a very extraordinary Sumo Manga. This study is an analysis of the dual character in <Oh, Harimanada>. The hero of the <Oh, Harimanada> is Harimanada. Harimanada is described as a dual character in <Oh, Harimanada>. First, He is a trickster in the Japan Sumo Association(日本相撲協会). The Japan Sumo Association is the body that operates and controls professional sumo in Japan under the jurisdiction of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Harimanaada as a trickster is a destroyer of the traditional Sumo society. He destroys the traditional order in Sumo society. On the other hand, He is the Protector of traditional Sumo society. When faced with a crisis from the outside in Japanese Sumo, Harimanada protects Japanese Sumo as a protector of traditional order. However, there is sanctuary of two kinds in <Oh, Harimanada>. First, Just there is the presence of the Emperor(天皇). Historically, Japanese Sumo is closely related to the Emperor. Nevertheless, The author does not mention anything about the Sumo and the Emperor. Second, Japanese Sumo is closely related to Shinto(神道), Shinto is the indigenous religion of Japan. Since the modern, Japanese Sumo is growed with a close relationship to Shinto. But The author does not mention anything about the Sumo and the Shinto. As a result, <Oh, Harimanaada> can be said to a certain limit.

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