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This course discusses the creation (and continuation) of legitimacy by the ruling house in ancient Japan. We will explore the various instruments used by Japan’s early rulers to legitimize, enhance, and sustain their authority. Focusing on the period between the late seventh and early ninth century, attention is paid to such means as myth, historical writing, ritual, religion, symbolics, and large-scale construction projects.


Course Information

  • Course Location: Hakozaki Campus
  • Next Course Intake: April-July
  • Contacts: Ellen Van Goethem vgoethem@lit.kyushu-u.ac.jp

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