Abstract

Abstract:

Prophecies profoundly influenced historical narratives in fifteenth-century Japan. The narrative of Ōninki (The chronicle of Ōnin) was constructed so that events would better resonate with a prophecy known as Yamataishi, and the chronicle shaped later historical understandings of the epochal Ōnin War. Analysis of this prophecy, coupled with an exploration of the evolution of the chronicle, allows for a new understanding of the war and the role of prophecies in shaping historical narratives of medieval Japan.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1549-4721
Print ISSN
0095-6848
Pages
pp. 31-60
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-28
Open Access
No
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