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The Death of an Emperor By Thomas Crump

The Death of an Emperor
by Thomas Crump

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Analyzes the changes brought about by the death of Emperor Hirohito from a social-anthropological perspective. The book focuses on the role of the gods, the Shinto inauguration ritual and the ritual cultivation of rice in assuring the nation's prosperity, now that the emperor is no longer divine.
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The Death of an Emperor: Japan at the Crossroads by Thomas Crump

Hirohito was the last Japanese Emperor to claim divine status, and his death in 1989 not only saw the end of a 63-year reign, but also brought into question the entire future of the monarchy. Three critical factors in traditional life relating to the role of the Emperor are now open to change. Firstly the extent to which the gods of Shinto determine the fortunes of the nation, secondly the way in which the goodwill of the gods depends on there being an Emperor and finally the Emperor's role in the seasonal rites which determine the success of the rice harvest. Thomas Crump's study of Japan at the crossroads assesses the political and cultural decisions that now have to be made and considers the options open to the new Emperor, Akihito.

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Table of Contents

A year of reckoning; gods, ancestors and rice; outside and inside; the empire of Meiji; the Prince Hirohito; the making of an emperor; the Showa restoration; inferno; the last shogun; judgement; the chrysanthemum curtain; the Showa legacy.

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The Death of an Emperor: Japan at the Crossroads by Thomas Crump
Thomas Crump
Used - Very Good
Oxford University Press
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