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Lunedì, 31 Luglio 2017 15:13

The Japan we fail to see - Dynastic tables

As soon ancestor worship kicks in, dynastic tables appear. The unenvied privilege of noble houses in Europe, detailed birth records going back many generations are a normal feature of family life in animistic cultures.

To worship your ancestors you must know who they are. Things get very complicated pretty soon, so writing them down is indispensable.

But here comes the interesting part. In dynastic tables nobody has an equal. Because of a combination of blood affiliation and age, everyone has a unique position. Consequently, this type of society has strong hierarchies, but weak interpersonal relationships.

They develop complex language to describe the relationship between individuals and clarify it when need be.

The emphasis on bloodlines and lineages causes the division of society in clans.

Clans are groups within society that claim a common ancestor. Because they're based on blood, they are tightly sealed units. You cannot enter and you cannot leave. The clan is everything you will ever know.

Blood-based societies are in other words tribal. They tend to be unstable and suffer from cycles of warfare.

Do these descriptions remind you of anything? Any country in particular? Japan? Scotland?

 

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Kamakura an Historical Guide

Francesco Baldessari

This book is actually two books rolled into one. The first is indeed a step-by-step guide to Kamakura, the legendary capital of Japan’s first shogunate. The author, who has lived in Japan almost 37 years, will take you on a visit to 28 of his favorite temples and shrines.The second book, in providing the context necessary to understand Kamakura, becomes an extremely up-to-date introduction to the part of Japan that is immortal. The country’s history, religions, traditional art and architecture explained differently.Beneath both books lies a single idea. You can understand neither Japan, nor Kamakura if you do not know about a great catastrophe, the wave of brutal anti-Buddhist violence that hit full-force the whole country from 1868 to 1871, destroying forever much of its cultural heritage and countless lives, only to be almost completely forgotten in the aftermath.

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ISBN: 9788898750344

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Letto 183 volte
Francesco Baldessari

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