The Song The Owl God Sang: The collected Ainu legends of Chiri Yukie | Dingo Makes Us Human | The Whales, They Give Themselves | Sources of Japanese Tradition | Our Land Was a Forest | Japan Emerging | The Pillow Book | The Ainu | Selling Songs and Smiles
In the first person, the fictional Harukor tells us of her childhood, her adolescence, and her motherhood, drawing on tales and songs performed by her grandmother and other bards. She describes festivals, weddings, childbirth and midwifery, traditional healing methods, battles, and funerals in detail. Her story is followed by the adventures of her oldest son, Pasekur, which end by foreshadowing an early Ainu rebellion against Japanese encroachment.
Amply illustrated and prefaced by an extensive introduction to Ainu history, the natural surroundings, and the sources used to construct Harukor and her world, this volume is a unique portrait of Ainu gods and humans, of matters sacred and mundane, and of the distinctive Ainu respect for nature's bounty.
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