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From Sovereign to Symbol: An Age of Ritual Determinism in Fourteenth Century Japan

Thomas Donald Conlan


The fourteenth century witnessed a fundamental political and intellectual conflict about the nature of power and society that was expressed through the rituals and institutions of two rival courts. Rather than understanding the collapse of Japan↑s first warrior government, the Kamakura bakufu, and the onset of a chaotic period of civil war as the manipulation of rival courts by powerful warrior factions, this study argues that the crucial ideological and intellectual conflict of the fourteenth century was between conservative forces of ritual precedent and ritual determinists steeped in Shingo ... More

Keywords: Japan, court chronicles, Kamakura, Ashikaga, Yoshimitsu, sovereignty, mantra, mudra, mandala, bakufu (warrior government), ritual mimesis, temple documents

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199778102
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778102.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Donald Conlan, author
Bowdoin College