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Japanese Mythology

A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of Japanese Myths
Narrated by: Gareth Johnson
Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
Categories: History, Ancient
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Summary

This book is dedicated to exploring the gods and goddesses that the Japanese worshiped, and within the pages you will find subtopics like:

  • Ancient, exciting stories and mysterious myths and intriguing legends from Japan
  • Gods and goddesses that were common in Japan thousands of years ago
  • Historical anecdotes and fun, related background facts
  • The intense meaning and purpose of swords in Japanese culture
  • The controversial legend of Issun Boshi
  • Real folklore monuments and locations you can visit that date back to times of mythological beliefs

Japanese mythology is intricate and complex, and the ideals behind their mythological beliefs were often intertwined with real-life events. This book will examine how both myth and fact contributed to the culture and traditions of the Japanese, and how these influences and stories continue to live on throughout the centuries. 

©2018 Bernard Hayes (P)2018 Bernard Hayes
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Finally something Japanese

So many people forget that the Japanese had gods and goddesses as well, not just the Greeks, Vikings or Chinese. I liked it for that reason.

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  • 13-12-18

A Lecture Given By a Bored Teenager

This whole book reads like a high school essay on Japanese Mythology where the student didn't do enough research but was still trying to make the minimum word count. In a culture as ancient as Japan, there are thousands of myths and legends to choose from but here the author tells the same creation story four times in the first forty minutes.

Unenthusiastic narration and poor recording quality don't help matters, even if the same myth wasn't repeated over and over.The chapters are broken up into sections so the tales are constantly interrupted with the narrator saying things like "Chapter 1: Section 3" which is just jarring when you are trying to at least hear if anything new was said and makes it feel like it's supposed to be part of a Powerpoint presentation.

Give this one a pass, if you are interested in Japanese Mythology and want to find try and find a copy of The Fox and The Jewel: Shared and Private Meanings in Contemporary Japanese by Karen Ann Smeyrs or Japanese Tales by Royall Tyler.

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  • 01-07-19

Informative

The content is interesting and educational. I enjoyed the narration as well which can be challenging.