Relationship from the 8th century and past, the Manyoshu is the oldest jap poetry anthology. The 1,000 poems selected for this recognized choice have been selected through a unusual scholarly committee in accordance with their poetic excellence, their function in revealing the japanese nationwide spirit and personality, and their cultural and old significance. textual content is in English simply.
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Generally in worshipping his god, he set in the earth before the altar a sacred wine-jar filled with sake brewed with special rites of purification ; hung up mirrors and beads on the sacred posts ; tied his shoulders with a cord of yii-fibre, presented the sacred nusa, ' with the sakaki branch fresh from the inmost hill' (No. 386), and bending XXXlX on his knees, recited his litany (norito). The greatest impediment to his prayer reaching the god was ' uncleanliness ' of body and mind. He dtd not therefore neglect to redeem h1mself in the eyes of his deity by performing the rites of ablution (tmsogi) and purification (harai) (No.
These were large and difficult problems. However, judging from the manner in which the Prince embarked upon a series of innovations immediately after destroying the Soga family, it may be that his programme had been carefully formulated in advance in consultation with Kamatari and other advisers. Be that as it may, the principal features of the reform were as follows. All free citizens, instead of being left under the control of their clan chief, were made subject to, and protected by, the Central Government.
Carrying sword, spear, or shield, or shouldering a quiver and grasping a birchwood bow, they went to meet their foe m the field. All was for their lord and sovereign. It was not only among the educated or the higher classes that this sentiment of loyalty to the Throne prevailed. Let us once more turn to the poems of frontier-guards (Nos. ). These young men, taken out of their lowly cottages in Eastland, bravely set forth for the far island of K yushii, leaving behind them their beloved parents, their wives and their sweethearts-who clung to them, 'even as the creeping bean-vine clings to the wild rosc:-bush by the wayside ' (No.