Microcosm Publishing

Japanese Myths

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Japan's mythology is alive with gods, spirits and monsters.  It draws on Buddhist and Shinto traditions to explain the nature of the world and the island of Japan, and the heavenly status of the long line of emperors.  The warrior class of the imperial court, and the natural spirits of the countryside represent parallel and interdependent aspects of Japanese society, explored throughout ancient legend and folklore in this fascinating book.  From tales of the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu, to the exploits of heroes Yoshitsune and Benkei; from the bittersweet romance of The Star Lovers to the gruesome Goblin of Adachigahara, this is a captivating collection.