For Than A Millennium, The Fox Has Been A Ubiquitous Figure At The Margins Of The Japanese Collective Imagination In The Writings Of The Nobility And The Motifs Of Popular Literature, The Fox Is Known As A Shapeshifter, Able To Assume Various Forms In Order To Deceive Others Focusing On Recurring Themes Of Transformation And Duplicity In Folklore, Theology, And Court And Village Practice, The Fox S Craft Explores The Meanings And Uses Of Shapeshifter Fox Imagery In Japanese History Michael Bathgate Finds That The Shapeshifting Powers Of The Fox Make It A Surprisingly Fundamental Symbol In The Discourse Of Elite And Folk Alike, And A Key Component In Formulations Of Marriage And Human Identity, Religious Knowledge, And The Power Of Money The Symbol Of The Shapeshifter Fox Thus Provides A Vantage Point From Which To Understand The Social Practice Of Signification.
- 191 pages
- The Fox's Craft in Japanese Religion and Culture: Shapeshifters, Transformations, and Duplicities (Religion in History, Society and Culture-Outstanding Dissertations, 7)
- Michael Bathgate
- 24 February 2017 Michael Bathgate