Author Archives: Allie Scalf

The Ever-Changing Figure and Purpose of Kukai

Yesterday, we watched a documentary of a young man making the pilgrimage to Mt. Kōya in hopes of learning more about himself and the legendary figure of Kōbō Daishi. In this film, the various people interviewed while on pilgrimage focused … Continue reading Continue reading

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Gender’s Importance in the Creation Myths

In Book One of the Kojiki and the Nihon Shoki, these texts focus on the creation of the deities and of Japan. In both versions, the union of the brother and sister deities, Izanagi and Izanami, serves as the source … Continue reading Continue reading

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