The “Ōnin war” as the fulfillment of prophecy

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Abstract

Prophecies profoundly influenced historical narratives in fifteenth-century Japan. The narrative of Ōninki (The chronicle of Ōnin) was constructed so that events would better resonate with a prophecy known as Yamataishi, and the chronicle shaped later historical understandings of the epochal Ōnin War. Analysis of this prophecy, coupled with an exploration of the evolution of the chronicle, allows for a new understanding of the war and the role of prophecies in shaping historical narratives of medieval Japan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-60
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Japanese Studies
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language

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