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Puppets of nostalgia : the life, death, and rebirth of the Japanese Awaji ningyō tradition

Author: Jane Marie Law
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1997.
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Jane Marie Law describes the "life, death, and rebirth" of awaji ningyo shibai, the unique form of puppet theater of Awaji Island that has existed since the sixteenth century. Puppetry rites on Awaji helped to maintain rigid ritual purity codes and to keep dangerous spiritual forces properly channeled and appeased. Law conducted fieldwork on Awaji, located in Japan's Inland Sea, over a ten-year period. In addition  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Marie Law
ISBN: 069102894X 9780691028941
OCLC Number: 35223048
Description: xiii, 322 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction. Of Stories and Fragments --
In the Shape of a Person: The Varieties of Ritual Uses of Effigy in Japan --
Kadozuke: The Outsider at the Gates --
A Crippled Deity, a Priest, and a Puppet: Kugutsu and Ebisu-kaki of the Nishinomiya Shrine --
A Dead Priest, an Angry Deity, a Fisherman, and a Puppet: The Narrative Origins of Awaji Ningyo --
Puppets of the Road, Puppets of the Field: Shiki Sanbaso, Ebisu-mai, and Puppetry Festivals on Awaji --
Puppets and Whirlpools: Icons, Nostalgia, Regionalism, and Identity in the Revival of Awaji Ningyo.
Responsibility: Jane Marie Law.
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This work examines the ritual origins and religious dimensions of puppetry in Japan. It describes the life, death and rebirth of "awaji ningyo shibai", the unique form of puppet theatre of Awaji  Read more...

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