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Tama in Japanese myth : a hermeneutical study of ancient Japanese divinity

Author: Tomoko Iwasawa
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : University Press of America, [2011]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Tama in Japanese Myth attempts to elucidate Japanese religious experiences by presenting a new interpretation of the oldest existing text of Japanese myth, the Kojiki. Informed by phenomenological hermeneutics, Iwasawa shows that the concept of tama lies at the core of Japanese religious experiences. Tama is often compared to spirit and soul in Western philosophy and religion and especially to the German concept of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tomoko Iwasawa
ISBN: 9780761855248 0761855246 9780761855187 0761855181
OCLC Number: 713189224
Description: xii, 162 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. I. Tama in Japanese myth : historical investigations. In pursuit of Tama in the Japanese language : Motoori Norinaga's interpretation of Tama --
In search of the salvation of embodied Tama : Hirata Atsutane's interpretation of Tama --
The dialectic of mythologizing, demythologizing, and remythologizing --
pt. II. Tama in Japanese myth : concrete manifestiations. The problem of defilement : the myth of Izanagi and Izanami --
The problem of sin : the myth of Amaterasu and Susanowo.
Responsibility: Tomoko Iwasawa.
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This book attempts to elucidate Japanese religious experiences by presenting an innovative interpretation of the oldest existing text of Japanese myth, the Kojiki. Iwasawa offers new insights into  Read more...

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Tomoko Iwasawa's fascinating and, in many ways, revolutionary study of the Kojiki ... makes a convincing case for the fundamentality of tama within the overall structure of Japanese myth... Fully Read more...

 
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