If you are one of those who love everything related to the culture of Japan, you will love our collection of Japanese Mythology PDF books. Although it is not as popular as others, it is very interesting and fulfills the function of unraveling the beliefs and part of the history of this important nation.
Since about a decade ago, the fascination of new generations for Japanese culture, especially anime, has grown and does not seem to stop. Japan is a country of incredible history, with a culture abundant in rituals and traditions unique in the world. This inspired us to upload a group of books on Japanese mythology, which add one more point to the understanding and study of its idiosyncrasies.
Japanese mythology, although complex and a bit complicated to understand for the Western world, is not very different from other mythologies. As in others, its myths tell stories related to creation, destruction, death, rebirth, love and revenge. It is also full of descriptions of nature, creatures, animals, the dead and ghosts.
Polytheism emerged in Japan in the historical period called “Yayoi”, from which interesting religious influences came. Subsequently, the order was given to make records of its history and myths, which basically resulted in 3 books. These were the Kojiki, the Nihon Shoki and the Shintoshu. All three were written in Chinese and Japanese, loaded with the influence of Shinto and Buddhism. It is thanks to these works that today we can enjoy this great cultural treasure for the world.
Don’t miss our more than 20 books on Japanese mythology in PDF format, available for free and that you can quickly download to read. You can do it from the comfort of your home, and read about these interesting myths at any time through your electronic devices.
Here we present our complete selection of Japanese Mythology books:
5) The Myth of the Descent of the Heavenly Grandson
Takeshi MatsumaeSource: Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture
7) Mythology Marchesto Modernity Yokai In contemporary Japan
Heikki IsohanniSource: UTUPub
9) Japanese Mythology: From Traditional Theatre Forms to Contemporary Popular Cinema
Frank Bishop, B.A.Source: Texas State University
12) Japanese Myths of Descent from Heaven and Their Korean Parallels
Obayashi TaryoSource: Asian Ethnology
13) The Ritual Significance of Purification Practices in Japan
Carmen Sapunaru TamasSource: CORE
14) Transformation of the Oni From the Frightening and Diabolical to the Cute and Sexy
Noriko T. ReiderSource: Nanzan University
15) Yamato: Glossary & Characters
University of California, BerkeleySource: University of California, Berkeley
17) Origin and Growth of the Worship of Amaterasu
Matsumae TakeshiSource: Asian Ethnology
20) Japanese Mythology and Nationalism: Myths of genesis, Japanese identity, and Familism (Article)
Merin Sever, Istanbul University, TurkeySource: The International Academic Forum
21) Kunisaki - where oni and Buddhas coexist as one (Article)
Rokugo Manzan Japan heritage Promotion CouncilSource: Rokugo Manzan Japan heritage Promotion Council
Here ends our selection of free Japanese Mythology books in PDF format. We hope you liked it and already have your next book!
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