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The Depiction of Japanese Deities in Modern Japan

Kikuoko Hirafuji, Kokugakuin University, Tokyo

March 3, 2021 · 4:30 pm6:00 pm · Zoom

Program in East Asian Studies

Japanese mythology was compiled in the Kojiki and Nihon shoki in the 8th century. How were deities depicted at that time? Throughout their long history, the Japanese have depicted deities in various ways. But from the Yayoi period (about 4th or 5th century BCE–3rd century C.E.) to the 8th century, Japanese people do not seem to have depicted or created images of deities. Japanese people found and worshiped deities in symbolical figures such as mirrors, jewels, and sacred mountains.

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