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Kogoshui, Gleanings from Ancient Stories

By Kato, Genchi

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Title: Kogoshui, Gleanings from Ancient Stories  
Author: Kato, Genchi
Language: English
Subject: Sacred Texts, Shinto, Shinto Scripture
Collections: Sacred Texts
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Publisher: Internet Sacred Text Archive (ISTA)


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Description: This work, in one volume, was presented to the court by Inbe no Hironari on the thirteenth day of the second month of 807. Kogoshui was written by Hironari, a member of the Inbe, who, along with the Nakatomi, were in charge of festival rites at court from ancient times. Hironari included old traditions that had not been included in the official histories of the court along with the origins of festivals as well as the appropriate nature of certain festivals. Hironari expressed his indignation regarding variations in precedents and disarray in the administration of the festivals for local kami. These objections were compiled into one work by order of Emperor Heizei, who had commanded Hironari to report on these things. The title means gleanings that have missed being included in the ancient stories (ancient sayings, ancient events, thus ancient traditions). Regarding the reason for the presentation of this work to the court, traditionally scholars believe Hironari resented that his family, having been suppressed by the influence of the Nakatomi, did not have more prosperity, so he presented his work to Emperor Heizei. The work has therefore been appraised as nothing more than a letter of complaint. In reality, however, the following explanation is more persuasive. The colophon notes that the first year of Daido 806 is a zoshiki year (detailed adjustments in the legal codes), so Emperor Heizei conducted a project to compile a work on the procedures of the ritsuryo government, consulting with the Inbe (who had jurisdiction over the festivals), and the answers to those questions were included in this work. (Quote from


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