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Published: 10 November 2011

256 Pages | 10 b&w; 3 maps

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199778102

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From Sovereign to Symbol

An Age of Ritual Determinism in Fourteenth Century Japan

Thomas Donald Conlan

  • Argues that ritual constituted a catalyst of political change in medieval Japan
  • Asserts that sovereignty was performative, and based on ritual and political actions, rather than being prescriptively tied to office
  • Argues that Japan's two courts were expressions of rival understandings of power rather than political facades
  • Emphasizes the importance of "old" Shingon Buddhism, rather than Zen in medieval Japan
  • Suggests the illegitimacy of the emperor Go-Komatsu

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