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University of Massachusetts Amherst

East Asian Languages and Societies

2010

Senzai

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Poems Of The Gods Of The Heaven And The Earth, Christina E. Olinyk Jan 2010

Poems Of The Gods Of The Heaven And The Earth, Christina E. Olinyk

Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014

This thesis analyzes the development of the Jingika book in the first seven Japanese waka anthologies (chokusenshū). Jingika are Japanese poems written on the gods of the heaven and the earth and illustrate man’s interactions with them through worship and prayer. They have characteristics in common with what modern scholars term the Shinto religion, and have been referenced as such in past scholarship. However, jingika are more accurately a product of the amalgamation of native kami cults and foreign Buddhist doctrine. Although the first independent Jingika book emerged in the seventh anthology (Senzaishū), poems which can be termed Jingika ...