Book of the dead japanese
"Orikuchi has fairly haunted modern Japanese literature, and now Jeffrey Angles, in making his The Book of the Dead available in English, helps us understand. Apr 28, information about and reviews of The Dead by Christian Kracht. the book is structured more by its images and digressions than by its nominal plot. the ( German-)Swiss Emil Nägeli and the Japanese Masahiko Amakasu. It also derived from the Japanese notion that the newly dead soulbears some book written by Tsunetomo Yamamoto in , entitled»Hagakure«(Hidden.
I read an interview with the author that was so compelling to me that I put aside everything that turned me off about the descriptions of this book.
I don't normally read memoirs and have no interest in reading a memoir about grieving a dead father. But that's not what it is.
We hardly learn anything about the author's father other than that she's sad he's dead. And if I'd known this was mostl I read an interview with the author that was so compelling to me that I put aside everything that turned me off about the descriptions of this book.
And if I'd known this was mostly a book about Buddhism I probably also would have passed it up. I'm so I glad I read it anyway. What's fascinating is that much of it's about Buddhism in the most concrete way possible - the different personalities and approaches of the priests she meets, the problems with choosing who to take over a temple - as well as its role in how the Japanese approach death.
And the fact that she can actually speak Japanese to people, and that her bicultural background makes them speak freely with her, makes this book different from most books written by English speakers about Japan.
I'm not sure how this book would strike someone who didn't already have a deep interest in and a fair amount of knowledge about Japanese culture.
But as someone who does, I'm very glad I read it. The theme of this book - learning to deal with grief - is wonderful.
The author shares the beliefs of Buddhism about the connection between the living and the dead, and they are beautiful.
She shares her insights into the Japanese people, their beliefs, and their struggles since the tsunami, and it made me desire more information.
Japan, and the temples named in this story, are now on my bucket list. I'd love to learn to turn my thoughts into myself, to meditate like she did.
The descriptio The theme of this book - learning to deal with grief - is wonderful. The descriptions of the temples, the cherry blossoms, and the different parts of Japan were lovely.
The reality of the devastation from the tsunami was eye-opening. However, her method of telling the story leaves something to be desired.
Mockett shifts from stories of being in Japan shortly after the tsunami, to stories from her childhood, to stories of an extended stay while she worked on a documentary.
At times it is confusing, and instead of being swept up in the story, I was trying to figure out 'when' she was. Overall, I would recommend this book, if for no other reason than to gain a better understanding of another culture.
I won an advance copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway, and I'm very glad that I did! While at times meandering and repetitive, this is a well written book.
Miss Mockett's journey across Japan visiting many different temples and shrines to process her personal grief, while at the same time experiencing the aftermath of the March disaster, was compelling and also easy to follow.
I am quite fond of Japanese spirituality, from ceremonies to ghost stories, so there was a lot to enjoy he I won an advance copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway, and I'm very glad that I did!
I am quite fond of Japanese spirituality, from ceremonies to ghost stories, so there was a lot to enjoy here.
There's also an interesting look at being a foreigner in a country that an entire side of your family is from. It's not something I'm surprised about, but still so peculiar that the author feels like and is treated as an outsider, this despite her connections and understanding of Japan.
I have lived in Japan and visited many times, and I still learned so much about traditions, Buddhism, and Japan itself. This book also gave me a lot to think about regarding life and loss.
It was a good journey. Interesting exploration about how the Japanese grieve. The author loses her father and grandparents. She's learning to deal with her grief or as she describes it she want to be "more happy than sad".
She travels to Japan which is her mother's homeland during the aftermath of the March 11, tsunami. This is the perfect time and place for her to learn how the Japanese grieve.
She visits several temples and Buddhist training schools. In fact, her family are guardians of a small temple. I learned Interesting exploration about how the Japanese grieve.
I learned a lot about Buddhism and its several school of thoughts: Shinto, Zen, Pure Land, and Shingon mystics.
That is the only place we will find them and the only place to look. Interesting about the Japanese culture.
I read this book primarily because of how moved I was by the film "Departures" , a Japanese film that was a fascinating exploration of grief and death.
The film was fiction - this book is nonfiction, and revolves around the survivors of the devastating tsunami that hit Japan in The author and her mother visit Japan several weeks after the disaster, as family members live near the nuclear facility.
The author continues with a personal journey into Buddhism, and examines a country shoc I read this book primarily because of how moved I was by the film "Departures" , a Japanese film that was a fascinating exploration of grief and death.
The author continues with a personal journey into Buddhism, and examines a country shocked by the horrifying storm and its aftermath.
I savored this book too as other reviewers have said and I also enjoyed the detailed history of Buddhism in Japan. Her experiences and encounters with people on her journey through Japan her mother's homeland were delightful.
I feel I learned so much from this book and it all happened in such a way that I felt at the end that I had experienced the process of the cherry blossoms blooming and dying.
I was aware of her grief and her struggle with coming to terms with the sudden death of her fat I savored this book too as other reviewers have said and I also enjoyed the detailed history of Buddhism in Japan.
I was aware of her grief and her struggle with coming to terms with the sudden death of her father and how this opened her to being able to understand the grief of the Japanese people post-tsunami.
This book made clear to me how grieving is expressed so differently between people and cultures. The stories gave rich meaning to festivals that I have experienced in Japan but failed to understand the symbolism.
There were fascinating insights to religious practices far beyond text book descriptions of Buddhism and Shintoism.
It is difficult to understand the impact of a disaster such as the recent tsunami and radiation leak without the intimate stories provided by the author following her exte This book made clear to me how grieving is expressed so differently between people and cultures.
It is difficult to understand the impact of a disaster such as the recent tsunami and radiation leak without the intimate stories provided by the author following her extensive visit.
I am very interested in Japan and especially how they are dealing with the aftermath of the tsunami. I am also very interested in Buddhism and Shintoism and other "ism"s of Eastern religion.
Mockett does a superb job of engaging and informing the reader on these topics, while she chronicles her visits to Japanese temples to discover what she can about her Japanese roots.
However she is a bit rambling and I struggled a time or two wondering where we were going now. This sweet book follows the author's journeys to her relative's Buddhist temple and then to a number of other temples of some repute.
The driving question is to discover the resources in culture, religion, custom and folklore that shape and address grief. A fascinating encounter with Japan by one uniquely qualified to see it.
Touched on so many of the themes that I'm going through right now in terms of death, dying, ghosts, collective grief vs.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Jul 01, Bookslut rated it really liked it Shelves: I really liked this, and it was packed full of interesting things to learn.
The structure was a little unclear, as if she wasn't sure how to connect or chonologize all of the different things she wanted to touch on.
But I can forgive her that, especially since it didn't impede my motivation--for much of it, I couldn't put it down. I found some of the reflections on grieving insightful, but there wasn't nearly as much of that in here as I expected.
I saw it as more of an exploration of Japanese c I really liked this, and it was packed full of interesting things to learn. I saw it as more of an exploration of Japanese culture and manners, and it was fascinating.
The way she chose to end the book was kind of bizarre, and I'm not sure why she found the tableau she ended with so meaningful, but it was fine.
It didn't take away from the rest of the book. The one thing I was disappointed in was that a paragraph in the beginning really peaked my interest: In the news coverage of Japan immediately after the nuclear power plant accident, Westen reporters praised the Japanese for their stoicism and their selflessness and marveled at the Japanese for being so meticulous in their clean-up efforts.
This was true admiration. But I also knew it meant something else. I knew reporters were also asking, "How can they do this?
I knew what the Western reporters were thinking but not saying. They were thinking, "You are not quite human, and that is why you are not afraid.
I admire you, but I could not be you. I was really interested in her opinions and exploration of it, especially as a Japanese-American woman, but it never came, and definitely not directly.
I did, as an unexpected boon, get a fairly detailed walk-through of Japanese cremation, which is indirectly how I arrived at checking this book out in the first place.
And there was a great quote about Buddhism and grieving at the end: Everyone has wounds and will be wounded. This can be shocking at first, but in fact it is completely normal.
Intense grieving was recognition of this wound, and it always took a person some time to grow accustomed to it.
View all 4 comments. Dec 31, David rated it really liked it Shelves: A terrific book to read if you are a Westerner visiting Japan.
Also simply a great book. One of those things they don't tell you about growing up is that, as an adult, you are enveloped in an inexplicable sense of good feeling far less frequently than when younger.
But I was so enveloped during my recent first trip to Japan, which is probably the very definition of a successful vacation. The Long-Suffering Wife, meanwhile, was reading this book and finding it intensified her similar sense of va A terrific book to read if you are a Westerner visiting Japan.
The Long-Suffering Wife, meanwhile, was reading this book and finding it intensified her similar sense of vacation-driven quiet happiness successful book meets successful vacation.
I waited until after I returned to read it, when it allowed me to recall my happy vacation to this charming land of bittersweet beauty.
Damn you to hell for a stone-hearted modernist! It's strange that a book should make you feel good when it is completely and intensely about death.
From this period onward the Book of the Dead was typically written on a papyrus scroll, and the text illustrated with vignettes.
During the 19th dynasty in particular, the vignettes tended to be lavish, sometimes at the expense of the surrounding text. In the Third Intermediate Period , the Book of the Dead started to appear in hieratic script, as well as in the traditional hieroglyphics.
The hieratic scrolls were a cheaper version, lacking illustration apart from a single vignette at the beginning, and were produced on smaller papyri.
At the same time, many burials used additional funerary texts, for instance the Amduat. During the 25th and 26th dynasties , the Book of the Dead was updated, revised and standardised.
Spells were consistently ordered and numbered for the first time. This standardised version is known today as the 'Saite recension', after the Saite 26th dynasty.
In the Late period and Ptolemaic period , the Book of the Dead remained based on the Saite recension, though increasingly abbreviated towards the end of the Ptolemaic period.
The last use of the Book of the Dead was in the 1st century BCE, though some artistic motifs drawn from it were still in use in Roman times. The Book of the Dead is made up of a number of individual texts and their accompanying illustrations.
Most sub-texts begin with the word ro, which can mean "mouth," "speech," "spell," "utterance," "incantation," or "a chapter of a book.
At present, some spells are known,  though no single manuscript contains them all. They served a range of purposes.
Some are intended to give the deceased mystical knowledge in the afterlife, or perhaps to identify them with the gods: Still others protect the deceased from various hostile forces or guide him through the underworld past various obstacles.
Famously, two spells also deal with the judgement of the deceased in the Weighing of the Heart ritual.
Such spells as 26—30, and sometimes spells 6 and , relate to the heart and were inscribed on scarabs. The texts and images of the Book of the Dead were magical as well as religious.
Magic was as legitimate an activity as praying to the gods, even when the magic was aimed at controlling the gods themselves.
The act of speaking a ritual formula was an act of creation;  there is a sense in which action and speech were one and the same thing.
Hieroglyphic script was held to have been invented by the god Thoth , and the hieroglyphs themselves were powerful. Written words conveyed the full force of a spell.
The spells of the Book of the Dead made use of several magical techniques which can also be seen in other areas of Egyptian life. A number of spells are for magical amulets , which would protect the deceased from harm.
In addition to being represented on a Book of the Dead papyrus, these spells appeared on amulets wound into the wrappings of a mummy.
Other items in direct contact with the body in the tomb, such as headrests, were also considered to have amuletic value. Almost every Book of the Dead was unique, containing a different mixture of spells drawn from the corpus of texts available.
For most of the history of the Book of the Dead there was no defined order or structure. The spells in the Book of the Dead depict Egyptian beliefs about the nature of death and the afterlife.
The Book of the Dead is a vital source of information about Egyptian beliefs in this area. One aspect of death was the disintegration of the various kheperu , or modes of existence.
Mummification served to preserve and transform the physical body into sah , an idealised form with divine aspects;  the Book of the Dead contained spells aimed at preserving the body of the deceased, which may have been recited during the process of mummification.
The ka , or life-force, remained in the tomb with the dead body, and required sustenance from offerings of food, water and incense. In case priests or relatives failed to provide these offerings, Spell ensured the ka was satisfied.
It was the ba , depicted as a human-headed bird, which could "go forth by day" from the tomb into the world; spells 61 and 89 acted to preserve it.
An akh was a blessed spirit with magical powers who would dwell among the gods. The nature of the afterlife which the dead person enjoyed is difficult to define, because of the differing traditions within Ancient Egyptian religion.
In the Book of the Dead , the dead were taken into the presence of the god Osiris , who was confined to the subterranean Duat. There are also spells to enable the ba or akh of the dead to join Ra as he travelled the sky in his sun-barque, and help him fight off Apep.
There are fields, crops, oxen, people and waterways. The deceased person is shown encountering the Great Ennead , a group of gods, as well as his or her own parents.
While the depiction of the Field of Reeds is pleasant and plentiful, it is also clear that manual labour is required. For this reason burials included a number of statuettes named shabti , or later ushebti.
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Jeffrey Angles Goodreads Author Translation. The Book of the Dead 3. First published in and extensively revised in , The Book of the Dead , loosely inspired by the tale of Isis and Osiris from ancient Egypt, is a sweeping historical romance that tells a gothic tale of love between a noblewoman and a ghost in eighth-century Japan.
Its author, Orikuchi Shinobu, was a well-received novelist, distinguished poet, and an esteemed scholar. This translation features an introduction by award-winning translator Jeffrey Angles discussing the historical background of the work as well as its major themes: The Book of the Dead focuses on the power of faith and religious devotion, and can be read as a parable illustrating the suffering an artist must experience to create great art.
Readers will soon discover that a great deal lies hidden beneath the surface of the story; the entire text is a modernist mystery waiting to be decoded.
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Lists with This Book. Aug 01, Serdar rated it really liked it. Deduct one star if you're not a fan of deep-cut Japanese literature in translation.
The first 60 or so pages are a detailed introduction to the historical context of this work -- both the period it was written in and the period it's depicting -- and the entire second half of the volume consists of essays by a Japanese critic about the work.
If you're not a fan of this kind of scholarly detail, you won't enjoy this the way you'd enjoy something like a novel by Murakami either one.
Of course I d Deduct one star if you're not a fan of deep-cut Japanese literature in translation. Of course I dug it. Glad to have this done! This felt more like a heavy handed academic description of specific people in specific places all of which I didn't know.
The story is more a grasp attempt to hold academic research about Japanese history together. Ah well, to continue the pursuit of what I am really looking for: Mar 16, kasia rated it really liked it.
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Mark Rowe offers a crucial account of how religious, political, social, and economic forces in the twentieth century led to the emergence of new funerary practices in Japan and how, as a result, the care of the dead has become the most fundamental challenge to the continued existence of Japanese temple Buddhism.
Far from marking the death of Buddhism in Japan, Rowe argues, funerary Buddhism reveals the tradition at its most vibrant.
Combining ethnographic research with doctrinal considerations, this is a fascinating book for anyone interested in Japanese society and religion.
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Drawing on this research, he has crafted an insightful analysis full of interesting observations. Bonds of the Dead is an innovative study of funerary Buddhism in Japan deserving of attention from scholars both here and abroad.
Journal of Japanese Studies. In pursuit of it she slips away from her household to the foot of the mountain, where she arrives at a temple that women are forbidden to enter.
They forge a bond, bringing comfort and peace to each other — a bond that allows the prince's soul to find rest.
The film follows the Japanese teaching that came from Buddhism: Kawamoto has said that the film is dedicated to all the innocent people who have died in recent wars.
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