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Irreconcilable Worlds

Title: Irreconcilable Worlds: A Shift in the Relationship between Japanese Women and the Other World beginning with Literature from the 1950s.
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Name(s): Evans, Jessica M., author
Department of Religion
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: There has been a shift in how the relationship between Japanese women and the other world is portrayed in Japanese popular culture: the shift is important because it reflects societal beliefs that have undergone a drastic alteration. This previously unsuccessful and death-ridden relationship has recently seen the addition of successful endings in the 1980s. This shift can be seen in both literature and folk tales. According to Ian Reader, folk tales can be regarded as folk religion, which in turn reflects the beliefs of the common people.1 As such, ancient tales and The Legends of Tono can all be seen as representing contemporary beliefs of the other world by the people. Folklore recorded in the Kojiki and Fudoki can be read as reflecting societal beliefs, and the shift seen in my sources can therefore reflect a change in society. More modern literature also illustrates a belief in the other world, as can be seen in works from the 1980s, such as Kitchen and Alseep by Banana Yoshimoto, as well as in manga. All of the stories I will examine below feature a relationship between Japanese women and the other world. Looking at literature may help us to better understand religious changes in modern society, by investigating the mangas and literary depictions of successful relationships.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0470 (IID)
Keywords: numinous, otherworldly, Japanese gods, marriage, manga, Japanese religion
Date of Defense: April 25, 2014.
Subject(s): History
Religions
Religion
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_uhm-0470
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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Evans, J. M. (2014). Irreconcilable Worlds: A Shift in the Relationship between Japanese Women and the Other World beginning with Literature from the 1950s. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_uhm-0470