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The Ashikaga Emperor

Thomas Donald Conlan

in From Sovereign to Symbol

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199778102
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778102.003.0009
The Ashikaga Emperor

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This chapter recounts how Ashikaga Yoshimitsu ended the civil war of the fourteenth century, and relied upon ritual mimesis to assert sovereign authority. He gained such influence that he no longer needed ritual helpers, and in fact he undermined the Hino family's link to Sanbō’in. He also created a series of structures in the capital, which further consolidated his authority.

Keywords: Ashikaga Yoshimitsu; sovereign authority; ritual mimesis; ritual helpers

Chapter.  7517 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Buddhism

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