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Symbolic and Ordinary Animal Spirits

Symbolic and Ordinary Animal Spirits

(p.139) Chapter Five Symbolic and Ordinary Animal Spirits
Ainu Spirits Singing
Sarah M. Strong
University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the remaining two categories of animal kamui in the Ainu shin'yōshū, those that are called symbolic and those that the Ainu call light or ordinary animal spirits. As in Chapter 4, for each section it first discusses the pertinent animals in both their somatic and spiritual dimensions before moving on to an examination of key features of each chant. In the case of the category of “symbolic animal spiritual beings,” in order to facilitate the comparison of like and unlike qualities among the animal spiritual beings, the discussion of the chants is arranged in the order 6, 5, and 3.

Keywords:   animal kamui, animal spirits, chants, Ainu shin'yōshū

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