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University of Massachusetts Amherst

East Asian Languages and Societies

2010

Buntori

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Taira No Masakado In Premodern Literature Of Japan, Genesie T. Miller Jan 2010

Taira No Masakado In Premodern Literature Of Japan, Genesie T. Miller

Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014

The tenth-century rebel Taira no Masakado occupies a unique place in the literature of Japan. His reception through history is most prominent in the works of Ōkagami, Shōmonki, Konjaku Monogatari, Jinnō Shōtōki, and Ehon Maskado Ichidaiki. The author’s geographic location often determined whether they sympathized with or demonized Masakado. Their occupations also influenced how they wrote about warrior culture, particularly the custom of buntori, or the taking of heads. Ehon Masakado Ichidaiki provides not only textual accounts of the rebellion, but numerous images depicting an Edo-interpretation of Heian-period warrior culture and but also images of the buntori of Masakado ...