The Emperor And The Journey Of His Authority Essay

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The Emperor and the Journey of his Authority

The ruler of the Japanese archipelago always had a distinct rulership over two domains: he ruled over the physical land of what is now considered Japan and determined many policies and meritocracy positions and he possessed Sacred Power, which meant that he was chosen by a divine authority to rule over spiritual manners as the Sovereign Grandchild. Despite these two rulerships over the domains, the Sovereign Grandchild or Heavenly King of Japan often had strenuous difficulties in exercising this power. Multiple stressors picked away at the actual authority. On the spiritual side, Buddhism and Mappo contributed to the modification, and, eventually, trivializing the Emperor’s sacred authority. On the power side, the Fujiwara Clans, cloistered emperors, and warrior clans gradually eradicated the Emperor’s political authority. The primary sources “The Great Exorcism of the Last Day of the Sixth Month”, “Proclamation by the Emperor Shomu on the Erection of the Great Buddha Image” and “A Celebration Amid Autumn Leaves” from the tale of Genji show and highlight the transition from King to Heavenly Emperor and what it meant for his power, both governmental and divine. The ritualistic prayer “The Great Exorcism of the Last Day of the Sixth Month”, was part of the biannual purge from the sins of the capital. The prayers, called Norito, the “Sovereign Grandchild” obtained sacred political power from a Council of Gods and emphasized the…

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