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    Renshaw, Steven L. 2011. Celebration of seasonally based holidays and festivals in Japan: a study in cultural adaptation. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, Vol. 7, Issue. S278, p. 308.

  • Print publication year: 1993
  • Online publication date: March 2008

10 - The early evolution of historical consciousness

This chapter discusses the three characteristics of historical expression found in early accounts of Japan's past that were grounded in beliefs of prehistorical times. These three characteristics are linealism, vitalism, and optimism. The origins and early development of linealism seem to have been rooted in the Yayoi period rise of beliefs about relationships between kami and hereditary rulers, which paralleled the appearance of small states ruled by priestly kings and queens. The centrality of belief in the vitalistic power of the kami is clearly reflected in Japan's earliest recorded myths as well as in its early prayers and festivals. Although linealism is revealed when examining ancient historical writings against the backdrop of Chinese belief in dynastic cycles, and vitalism, against the backdrop of Confucian concepts of moral power, optimism is reflected in resistance to Buddhist doctrines of historical decline. Thus the three characteristics had a deeper influence on the historical consciousness because they reinforced one another.
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