Spirit Possession in the Tale of Genji

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Spirit Possession in the Tale of Genji

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The Japanese international classic, The Tale of Genji, is highly esteemed because it is an authentic narrative of Heian imperial court life. The novel also contains highly dramatic scenes of spirit possession. It is a book of, pain, love, and spirituality.
Historians’ continuously researching ancient civilizations with polygynous societies, have shown that it was very common for a female to suffer from spirit possession. Some believe that these women were showing extreme courage rather than being disgraced by the male species. It is supposed that the possessed women knowingly became absorbed in a trance in order to manipulate their authoritarians into giving them their full consideration and reverence. This in turn changed traditional gender roles, and contradicted the usual code of character so that women could briefly have jurisdiction over their men. Japan’s present society still recognizes these possessions today. You should also conclude that in a classical civilization, vices such as spirit possession were repeatedly used as a way to articulate any extreme issues amongst men. Specifically, in the culture of the Genji, spirit possession was the only way women could confidently express their true feelings regardless of the adversity they faced as a result of femininity.
Unfortunately, women are expected to be gentle wives. “It is very foolish for a woman to let a little dalliance upset her so much that she shows her resentment openly. He has his adventures--but if he has fond memories of their early days together, his and hers, she may be sure that she matters. A commotion means the end of everything. She should be quiet and generous, and when something comes up that quite properly arouses her resentment she should make it known by delicate hints.” Women were not supposed to object to any man; this is why they…...

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