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Chrysanthemum Throne: A History of the Emperors of Japan
Peter Martin. A continuous Japanese imperial dynasty can be traced for some 1,600 years, making it the world’s oldest hereditary monarchy. It has played a crucial role in maintaining the identity of Japan. Here, Martin surveys the history & political & religious status of the monarchy of Japan from its mythological origins to our own times. Although the first emperors were warrior chieftains, the imperial throne (also known as the Chrysanthemum Throne) came to have a more priestly significance & this religious role has been central in the history of Japanese culture. In the modern era, the Shinto religion was used to support the forging of a national identity, & the emperor was transformed from a high priest to a deity, a status renounced in 1946 by Emperor Hirohito. B&W illus.
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