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The Living World of the Ainu Shin’yōshū

The Living World of the Ainu Shin’yōshū

Chapter:
(p.45) Chapter Two The Living World of the Ainu Shin’yōshū
Source:
Ainu Spirits Singing
Author(s):
Sarah M. Strong
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835125.003.0002

This chapter on the living world of the Ainu shin'yōshū seeks to present a description of that world's landscape and its nonhuman life. In other words, it seeks to present the physical and natural world that was both experienced and imagined as the narrative context by those who told and heard the chants. This audience is pictured as one of Ainu speakers of the Noboribetsu area in the early twentieth century, when Chiri Yukie along with family and members of the community listened to these and other chants recited in rhythmic tones. The description of the living world of the Ainu shin'yōshū begins with an account of the material setting, the natural features, animals, and plants that evidence indicates were there in the past. These “real life” factors informed and gave shape to human experience that unfolded within the locale.

Keywords:   physical world, natural world, living world, Ainu shin'yōshū, chants

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