By Ryunosuke Akutagawa
This assortment contains a exceptional new translation of the japanese master's tales, from the resource for the motion picture Rashomon to his later, extra autobiographical writings.
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Ki) through human consciousness or heart/mind (Ch. xin; J. shin). 33 The Japanese term kigyō thus points to the idea that animals are driven by the baser influences of material force and rank lower than humans on the ladder of beings. The character kyō, meaning “form,” in kigyō has additional associations. In early Chinese bibliographies, classificatory manuals (Ch. pulu) about animals (other than agricultural texts about animal husbandry) were usually grouped under “form books” (Ch. xiangshu) or more broadly under “prognostication by form” (Ch.
Wildlife has been treated both as a resource to be exploited and as pests and predators to be exterminated or feared. He concludes that animal symbolism in contemporary Japan neither reflects a clear dualism that draws rigid boundaries between humans and animals nor does it posit a seamless continuity between humans and animals. When human and animal interests collide, it leads to conflict. In such situations, animal behavior is rationalized in anthropomorphic terms. This establishes a symbolic “equivalence” between humans and animals.
The condemnation thus did not rest only on the violation of Buddhist precepts but also on the violation of proper etiquette and Confucian values. Likewise, the term chikushō was applied to marginal groups such as outcasts in order to indicate their subhuman status. 82 However, not all associations with the realm of beasts were entirely negative. In Heian-period didactic Buddhist tales, animals sometimes served as moral barometers that could reward or punish humans. 83 Thus the Nihon ryōiki states, “Even an animal [chikushō] does not forget gratitude and repays an act of kindness.
Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Ryunosuke Akutagawa