Japanese mythology

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Most Japanese people do not know much about the origin of Japan, particularly regarding ancient history.
One of the reasons is that we have lost the authentically original history books. 
They got destroyed in ancient wars.  
Besides, most Japanese people are not interested in ancient history. 
However, they do have the custom of going to shrines. That is strange.
Japanese mythology comes from a history book that was made for Emperor Tenmu to rule Japan.
It was used as propaganda at educational institutions  in order to govern the major clans and a number of small states in the Japanese archipelago.
Japanese mythology, fairies, dragon, gods, and such appeared. 
So that the force of resistance does not appear, The rulers didn't want opposition to their rule, so they created legends that were engrossing to the common people. This was a very elaborate strategy.
We will introduce the journey as the "witness" of historiography, and look for "evidence" that remains in the field.





天皇は当然間違いなく「人間」です。 21世紀に暮らす私達は、今も「神頼み」や「初詣」で神社に行きます。
科学技術がなかった時代、なぜ、人々は天変地異や自然現象を神々の仕業と恐れ, その子孫が天皇になったのか。


There are two main disputes regarding Japanese ancient history. 
The first one revolves around where the country of "Yamatai-koku" was located and who exactly "Queen Himiko" (who appears in Chinese history books) was.
The second dispute revolves around how much of the history book "Kojiki" is fact vs fiction.
Chinese history books might shed light on the truth of Japanese ancient history, which Japanese mythology has hidden.

In ancient Japan, it was often necessary for small countries to band together to protect themselves from outside forces.
It was also necessary to choose a great king to unite such a coalition.
In 672 AD, Emperor Tenmu and his vassal started planning a centralized government in earnest.
In order to subordinate the country's hundreds of clans, they created a:
1) Social Order: Punishment and law
2) New Class System: Junior and senior bureaucrats
3) Autocratic Monarchy: Propaganda (the emperor is a descendant of deities)

So we have to question why we have carried over the customs into the lives of today.
In the search for truth, scholars of history, philology,  and archaeology have debated each other and looked for scientific verification among the remains and excavations.

The emperor is definitely human.  We live in the 21st century.
Yet even in this day and age, people still go to shrines.
We will continue to use philology, archaeology, and field reports to find evidence of ancient times.
We will travel to find the basis of the mythology that they made with the wisdom of the ancients.
Let's take a journey!

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