- 東京大学宗教学年報 (ISSN:2896400)
- vol.8, pp.37-53, 1991-03-20
The Yamato-takeru legend was first described in the Kojiki, Nippon-shoki, and Fudoki, from the Asuka era through the Nara era. In this period the legend has three distinct logics, though they share the cmmon logic in which Yamato-takeru conquers all of Japan and moves the Kusanagi-sword from Ise shrine to Atsuta shrine. Later, in the Heian era, the legend was modified in excerpting from the Nippon-shoki. Here we find two types, one being the conquest of Japan type in the Sendai-kuji-hongi, and the other the Kusanagi-sword type in the Kogo-shui. In the medieval period the logic came to be centered upon the Kusanagi-sword type. Furthermore, the legend was transformed into new logics, one being the despotical person in the Jinno-shotoki, and another the affectionate person of the Atsuta shrine-engi. Here the Yamato-takeru legend is composed not only of excerpts from the Nippon-shoki, but also by use of the Kojiki, Fudoki and Kogo-shui. In this was the original logic of the medieval period can be seen, which differs from that the of anciend era reflected in the Nippon-shoki, Kojiki and Fudoki. This corresponds to the toppling of the Ritsuryo state of the ancient era.