The Unraveling

Thomas Donald Conlan

in From Sovereign to Symbol

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199778102
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919079 | DOI:
The Unraveling

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The epilogue recounts how none could succeed Yoshimitsu, or achieve his ritual mastery and explains how Manzei and Giken, two important Sanbō’in monzeki, determined succession in fifteenth-century Japan. Some members of the Hino family relied on Chikafusa's earlier notions of nominalism and stole the regalia, but they were killed along with two surviving Southern princes. The outbreak of the Ōnin War in 1467 led to the destruction of most of the important cultic and ritual sites in the capital and represents the end of this age of ritual determinism. Later thinkers relied instead upon Kitabatake Chikafusa's discarded notion of the possession of the regalia to determine legitimacy in Japan, and this trope became dominant in later centuries.

Keywords: Yoshimitsu; Manzei; Giken; Chikafusa; ritual determinism; regalia; legitimacy; Japan

Chapter.  2501 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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